What is a rainforest?
There are two types of rainforests -
TROPICAL and TEMPERATE
rainforests. When people talk about
rainforests they are usually referring to tropical
- Tropical climates are
always warm and moist. The are frost-free... it's about 70- 85
degrees Fahrenheit all year round.
- Vegetation is very
- very damp and
They have rains at 2 inches per hour. That means that they have
about 400 inches of rain per year!
- When people use the word "jungle", they
probably are referring to a tropical rainforest.
- are near the
- more than half are in Latin
- 1/3 of them are in Brazil
- 25% are in Southeast Asia and the Pacific
- West Africa has the remaining
If you are a tropical forest,
here's your chance to become one of the
Here are the
If you fit these requirements,
welcome to the world of the rainforest!
- You must grow between the Tropic
of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
- You must have 80 to 400 inches of
rain every year
- You must have a warm and
frost-free climate with very little change in temperature
during the day.
But watch out... you are
All tropical rainforests are tropical forests.
But not all tropical forests are tropical
In fact, most forests in the tropics are
A little confused? It IS confusing, so
re-read those definitions above!