Tanatalizing Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical Rain Forest Biome

Rain Forest Locations

Almost all of the tropical rain forests in the world are located near by or on the equator. Fifty seven percent of all the worlds' rain forests are found in Latin America. One third of the worlds' are in Brazil, others are in Pacific Islands and Southeastern Asia.

Abiotic Factors of the Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical rain forests have a very warm and wet climate. Most of their temperatures very between 20-30 degrees Celsius. The tropical rainforest biome has an annual yearly rainfall amount of more than 250 centimeters, and has average humidity between 77 and 88%. It rains more than ninety days a year in the rainforest. The warm air and rain make it a perfect climate for growing most trees and plants. They can grow extremely large and tall. Some trees grow to the height of more than 165 feet and have straight trunks that don't branch out for 100 feet or more.

Climate

Tropical rain forest biomes are full of trees, and to be specific, extremely tall trees. They belong to a really warm and wet biome group. Temperatures usually don't rise more than 94 degrees Fahrenheit or go lower than 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain forests' rainfalls can go over 100 inches in one year. Lately, rain forests are covering less than 6% of Earth's land. It is estimated that more than half the worlds plants and animals live in these tropical rain forests. The forests produce about 40% of all of earth's oxygen. They have more tree varieties and kinds than any other place on earth. Seventy percent of the plants in the rainforest are trees.

Plant Life

Plants make many adaptations to their environment, the 80 inches of rain per year is a huge help to this, thus causing them to shed water off so the branches don't get weighed down and break. In able to absorb as much sunlight as possible, the leaves have to be very large. Most trees have leaf stalks that turn when the sun turns so that they absorb as much light as possible. Some plants include orchids and bromeliads. There are over 2,500 different species of vines that grow in tropical rain forests. The vines grow from one tree to another and make up about 40% all of the forests' canopy leaves. The forest's bio diversity makes sure that there will be enough pollinators to take care of each plant for all the species. Animals mostly depend on the blooming and healthy plants for a year round supply of food.

Animal Life

There a lot of different animals and living organisms in the rain forests. Some characteristics and adaptations that most birds, reptiles, mammal, and amphibians have include adaptations to a living and getting used to being in trees. An example of an animal that has make an adaptation and characteristic is the monkey and how its tail is shaped and used. Some other characteristics of different animals and species include bright colors, sharp patterns, loud vocalizations, and big fruit diets. Insects are the largest group of animals that live in the tropical rain forest. Some adapted insects are brightly colored butterflies, mosquitoes, camouflaged stick insects, and huge colonies of ants.Sloths adapted to the rainforest because of so many long trees. Over time their arms became a lot longer and their bodies became more flexible. Another for reptiles would be there slimy and slithery skin and how it helps them live next to wet and watery lands, sometimes even swim.

Competition examples-

1. Plants compete for sunlight in the canopy.

2. Monkeys compete for trees that contain the most fruit.

Predator/Prey Relationships-

1. Ants and Grasshoppers

2. Frogs and Insects

3. Humans and Monkeys

4. Cats and Mice

Food Web

Fun Fact

There are over 3,000 different kinds of fruit that can be found in the tropical rainforest. Only 200 of the 3,000 different kinds of fruits are used today.


Ecological Concerns

Human interaction is the leading cause of all of the killings of the animals and the destruction of the forests. The human interactions extremely bad, they have cut down thousands of acres of trees, full football fields worth. Furthermore, the extreme climate change due to other human interfering changes has vastly damaged the tropical rain forests in our world. The rainforest is mainly in danger from cutting down trees, animal exploitation, and hunting, climate change. Gorillas, jaguars, and toucans are some of the most endangered species in tropical rain forests today. Threats can include no medicine, no trees, no animals, and no fruit. Tropical rain forests are important because they provide a habitat for plants and animals, they regulate our climate, they help to prevent soil erosion, and they are the leading source of where medicine comes from in the whole world.