- A tropical rainforest consists of three layers of life: the canopy, the understory and the forest floor.
- Tropical rainforest are located around the equator where temperature stay
near 80 degrees year round.
- Rainforest receive 160 to 400 inches of rain each year.
- Rainforests help control the worlds climate.
- Rainforest used to cover 14% of the Earth, but now they cover only 6%.
- Rainforest canopies also absorb carbon dioxide. When the rainforests are burned and cleared, the carbon is released. This makes the weather much hotter and is called the greenhouse effect.
- When a rainforest is cut down, the soil dries up in the sun and when it rains the soil is washed away. Therefore, it is hard to grow back.
- The rainforest is disappearing by 150 acres per minute....or 75 million acres per year.
- At the present rate of desturuction the rainforests will be almost gone by the year 2030.
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