Come to the Rainforest!
By Eliana, Stephanie, Nick, and Ehab
About the rainforest:
Tropical rain forests are located between the tropics of Cancer (23.5 degrees north) and Capricorn (23.5 degrees south). They are also frequently found in continents such as South America, Africa, Asia, and North America. This is the perfect location for a great vacation and here's why:
Proper attire includes t-shirts and shorts since temperatures range in the lower 90's and upper 60's. However, it is called the rain forest for a reason. Rain forests receive about 250 cm of rain per year, so don't be surprised to see rain. And don't forget to pack a can of hairspray, because in result of all the rain, the air is very moist and often humid.
To accompany the great weather, you will find many different plants that make up the beautiful scenery. One of which is the Bengal Bamboo. It often grows as an undergrowth scattered or in patches in the forest. It does very well in a moist environment with a lot of rainfall. Another one of these 'must see' plants is the Jambu. Jambu is a small tree or large shrub which grows on the average of 10-20 feet. Its fruit is said to be delicious and one that you must taste. Coconuts are also part of the daily diets of many people. They are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of water, and when immature, they are known to be as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. The plants in the rainforest are different from others in that they have shallow roots in order to obtain nutrients from the small amount of topsoil. This is because the soil is poor due to the rain stripping it of its nutrients.
People aren't the only ones who enjoy the rainforest. In the entire rainforest there are millions of different species of mammals, insects, birds, and reptiles. In just as many as 4 square miles of rainforest you can find up to 125 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles, 60 species of amphibians, and 150 species of butterflies. However, on average 137 different species go extinct each day in rain forests. One example of a species that is on the edge of extinction is the king of the jungle, the jaguar. Every day that you aren't in a rainforest, you're losing a chance to see an endangered species.
Organisms you might see in a rainforest:
Tropical rain forests of the world:
- Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
- El Yunque
- Los Guatuzos
- Madagascar lowland
- Congo Basin