What do you
picture when you hear the term rainforests? Do you think of a
hot, steamy, wet area with lots of trees? Let's learn about
What is a
There are two types of
forests that receive more than 80 inches of rain a year. Some
rainforests receive as much as 200-400 inches of rain a year!
Rainforests also have large amounts of humidity, or water vapor in
are forests that have distinct seasons and moderate climate. The
rain occurs evenly throughout the year.
Look at the chart below to compare tropical and temperate
|| About 200" - 400" rain per year
||About 100" of rain per year
||Many (hundreds of species)
||Few (10 - 20 species)
to 25șC (stays constant)
|| Ranges -30șC
are located near the equator, between the Tropic of Cancer
and the Tropic of Capricorn. Over 1/2 of the tropical
rainforests are located in Latin America. About 1/3 of earth's
tropical rainforests are located in Brazil, in South America.
are usually located along coastlines. The largest temperate
rainforest is located along the western coast of North America.
Rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming
rate. About 6% of Earth's land is rainforest land. Humans are
using rainforest land to build their homes on, farm, or sell the
wood. Only 3% of the original temperate rainforests remain.
Scientists estimate that 50 million acres of rainforest land are
being destroyed every year.
Rainforests are home to about half of the plant
and animal species on Earth.
There are still many plant species that have not
Approximately 1/4 of medicines come from
Many of the foods we eat originated in the
rainforests: bananas, avocado, oranges, papaya, paprika, peanuts,
pineapple, rice, to mention a few.
Rainforests help maintain global rain and weather
It is very important to try to
SAVE THE RAINFORESTS.
What can we do
to help save rainforests?
There are things that you can do:
Learn more about rainforests
Reduce paper usage and wood usage
Be careful not to purchase wood products from
Reduce usage of oil
Do not eat as much beef
Support rainforest protection groups
Write to your Senators and Congressmen
we all work together, we CAN make a difference!
points to remember about rainforests:
- About 6% of Earth's surface is rainforest
- Two types of rainforests
- Tropical Rainforests
- 200" - 400" rain per year
- Constant warm temperature
- Located between the Tropic of Cancer and
Tropic of Capricorn
- Home to about 1/2 of plant and animal
species on Earth
- Temperate Rainforests
- About 100" of rain per year
- Found near coasts
- Have four distinct seasons
- Rainforests are endangered
- Humans cutting down trees
- Important to try to save rainforests
- Home to many plants & animal species
- Many medicines come from rainforest plants
- Rainforests help maintain global rain &
- We can help save rainforests
- Learn about rainforests
- Write to congressional leaders
- Support rainforest protection groups
- Do not buy wood products made from
- Reduce paper and wood usage
- Reduce oil usage
- Do not eat as much beef
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