A Rainforest is a luxuriant, dense forest rich in biodiversity, found typically in tropical areas with consistently heavy rainfall.
Rainforests are characterized by high rainfall, with annual rainfall in the case of tropical rainforests between 250 and 450 centimetres (98 and 177 in), and definitions varying by region for temperate rainforests. The monsoon trough, alternatively known as the intertropical convergence zone, plays a significant role in creating the climatic conditions necessary for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. Lets check out some more interesting facts about our basic oxygen supplier!
1. About 80% of the flowers found in Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in world.
2. More than 56,000 square miles of natural forest are sadly, lost each year.
3. Insects make up the majority of living creatures in the tropical rainforest.
4. Due to large scale deforestation worldwide, only 2.6 million square miles of rainforest remain.
5. A slice of rainforest, approximately equivalent to size of rainforest is destroyed each second which is equivalent to 86,400 football fields of rainforest each day which is equal to 31 million football fields of rainforest each year.
6. A large variety of animals including snakes, frogs, birds, insects, cougars, chameleons, turtles, jaguars and many more are found in tropical rainforests.
7. At the current rate of depletion, it is estimated that 5–10 percent of tropical rainforest species will be lost per decade.
8. Most of the tropical rainforests, approximately 57 percent, are located in developing countries.
9. About 70% of the plants identified by the U.S. National Cancer Institute which can be used in the treatment of cancer are found only in rainforests.
10. Rainforests only cover around 2 percent the total surface area of the Earth, but really about 50 percent of the plants and animals on the earth live in the rainforest.
11. Rainforests are the forests that receive high amount of rainfall.
12. You can find rainforests in many countries, not just in South America. They can be found in Alaska and Canada, as well as Asia, Africa and Latin America.
13. Rainforests are found on all of the different continents, except for Antarctica because it is far too cold there for the environment to be conducive.
14. There are two different types of rainforests, and they include both temperate and tropical. The tropical rainforests are the ones that are most commonly found around the world.
15. Rainforests help to regulate the temperatures around the world and the weather patterns as well.
16. A fifth of our fresh water is found in tropical rainforests, the Amazon Basin to be exact.
17. Rainforests help to maintain our supply of drinking water and fresh water, so they are critical in the sustainability of the earth.
18. Timber, coffee, cocoa and many medicinal products are few of the products produced by rainforests, including those used in the treatment of cancer.
19. Much of the life in the rainforest is found in the trees.
20. Governments and companies are finally starting to recognize the value of goods and services afforded by healthy forests, including carbon storage, buffering against flood and drought cycles, and safeguarding water supplies. Accordingly these values are being used as another justification for protecting forests.