Quiz Question #1|
To be a lowland tropical rainforest, a forest must receive at least this much rain per year:|
Quiz Question #2|
Which type of rainforest is more diverse in plant and animal species?
The tropical rainforests occur in three main geographical regions around the world. The largest area lies in northern and central South America, the Neotropics, which is home to over half the world's rainforests. Most of tropical rainforests here are found in Brazil, but rainforests also appear in Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela, and the republics of Central America. The rainforests in Central and South America cover 1.5 million sq. miles (3.9 million sq. kilometers).
The second largest region covered with tropical rainforests lies in Asia and covers around 500,000 sq. miles (1.3 million sq. kilometers). Most of Asia's rainforests appear in the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. Burma, Laos, Sumatra, and Thailand are also home to tropical rainforests
Finally, the third region of tropical rainforest lies in Africa, chiefly in west Africa and Madagascar. It covers 380,000 sq. miles (950,000 sq. kilometers). Tropical forests here are mainly in Zaire, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.
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