Tropical Rainforest

Guess what? It's raining! In the rainforest!

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Tropical Rainforests form around the equator where the hotter temperatures are. Tropical Rainforests are located in Africa, Indonesia, Asia, South America and Central America. The most famous is the Amazon Rainforest, located in Brazil.

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It is very humid, considering it gets between 50 to 260 inches of rain annually, but it usually averages as 100 inches. The temperature ranges from 93°F to 68°F. There aren't the normal seasons; however, there is usually a short dry period where it doesn't rain as much.

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Plant Life


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Ecological Concerns

Rainforests everywhere are being destroyed. They are being cut down for a wide variety of reasons: agriculture, logging, mining, tourism, pollution, overfishing, illegal wildlife trade, and other threats. This destruction is leading to the extinction of animals. There are numerous extinct and endangered species.

Extinct: Greater Short-Tailed Bat, Titanoboa, Aukland Island Merganser, Piopio, Huia, Laughing Owl, and many more species that we will never come to know.

Endangered Species: Bornean Orangutan, Sumatran Orangutan, Chimpanzees, Gorilla, Tree Kangaroo, Emperor Tamarin, Jaguar, Harpy Eagles, Pink Dolphins, Poison Dart Frog, Black Spider Monkey, and many, many, many more species that soon our children will never know.

There are many organizations to help save the rainforest, including World Wildlife Fund. Recycling, donations, tree planting, etc. are all ways to help save the rainforest.

Despite its destruction, the rainforest is very important globally. Many of our medicines come from the rainforest. 40% of our oxygen is produced from the rainforest. Many scientific discoveries are a result of the exploration of the tropical rainforest, including medical discoveries and the thousands of species of animals and plants.

Look how cute they are!!!

Interesting Facts

  • Every second, a football field's area of the tropical rainforest is being destroyed each second. A football field is 120 yards long and 53.3 yards wide.
  • In Asian rainforest, there are many flying animals. Types of frogs, squirrels, and snakes are included in that category.
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