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The Rainforest

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A tropical rain forest is a forest of tall trees in a region of year-round warmth. An average of 50 to 260 inches (125 to 660 cm.) of rain falls yearly.

Rain forests belong to the tropical wet climate group. The  temperature in a rain forest rarely gets higher than 93 F (34 C) or drops below 68 F (20 C); average humidity is between 77 and 88%; rainfall is often more than 100 inches a year. There is usually a brief season of less rain.

Rainforests now cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface. Scientists estimate that more than half of all the world's plant and animal species live in tropical rain forests. Tropical rainforests produce 40% of Earth's oxygen.


Here are some interesting facts on the rainforest

The forests of Central Africa are home to more than 8,000 different species of plants.


Flying animals of Asian rainforests include frogs, squirrels and snakes.


80% of the flowers in the Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in the world.


Bats are essential for the pollination of many tropical foodstuffs such as bananas and mangoes.


1 out of 4 ingredients in our medicine is from rainforest plants.


The Anaconda, the world’s heaviest snake lives in the rainforest of South East Asia.


An area of a rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed each second.


Giant bamboo plants can grow up to 9 inches a day.


The trees of a tropical rainforest are so densely packed that rain falling on the canopy can take as long as 10 minutes to reach the ground.


In the moist rainforests of South America, sloth’s move so slowly that algae are able to grow in their fur.


Some rainforest monkeys are omnivores, eating both animals and plants.


More than 2,000 different species of butterflies are found in the rainforests of South America.