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Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about the Rainforest
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about the Rainforest, trivia and information, including some useful statistics will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults.

Interesting Facts about the Rainforest are as follows:

  • Fact 1 - Definition: A rainforest is defined as a forest with heavy annual rainfall (more than 80 inches of rainfall a year)

  • Fact 2 - They are very dense, relatively warm, wet forests
  • Fact 3 - A rainforest is dominated by trees creating a canopy of variable height
  • Fact 4 - Tropical rainforests are found around the equator of the World in South America, Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia
  • Fact 5 - Temperate rainforests are less abundant than the tropical variety and are found along the Pacific coast of the USA and Canada, New Zealand, Tasmania, Chile, Ireland, Scotland and Norway
  • Fact 6 - Temperatures: Temperate rarely freeze or get over 80 F (27 C). Tropical temperature is usually between 75 F and 80 F (24-27 C).
  • Fact 7 - Tropical rain forests cover about 7% of the Earth's surface
  • Fact 8 - Between 40% - 75% of all species on the world's habitats are indigenous to the rainforests.
  • Fact 9 - It has been estimated that many millions of species of plants, insects, and microorganisms are still undiscovered
  • Fact 10 - Tropical  Rainforests are very important to the Earth's ecosystem recycling and cleaning water. Tropical trees and plants also remove carbon dioxide, CO2, from the atmosphere and store it in their roots, stems, leaves, and branches.
  • Fact 11 - The Greenhouse Effect is caused by a growing amount of CO2 and water vapor. An increase in the temperature of a planet (Global Warming) as heat energy from sunlight is trapped by the gaseous atmosphere.
  • Fact 12 - A tropical rainforest is divided into 4 main layers: the emergent, canopy, understory, and forest floor layers.
  • Fact 13 - Each layer of a tropical rainforest has different plants, insects and animals adapted for life in that particular area
  • Fact 14 - The emergent layer of the rainforest consists of the tops of the tallest trees, which are much higher than the average canopy height (ranging up to 270 feet or 81 m) and houses numerous birds and insects
  • Fact 15 - The canopy layer of a rainforest consists of the upper parts of the trees (about 65 to 130 feet or 20 to 40 m tall) and is the home to many species of birds, insects, arachnids, mammals such as the howler monkey and the orang-utan, reptiles such as snakes and lizards. Plants in the canopy include thick vines, mosses, lichens and orchids
  • Fact 16 - The understory layer of a rainforest is a dark, cool environment that is under the leaves but over the ground and contains shrubs, small trees, ferns, palms and vines. The understory layer is home to insects, arachnids, snakes, lizards, small mammals, ant birds, leopards and jaguars
  • Fact 17 - The forest floor layer of a rainforest receives only 2% of sunlight and a limited range of plants. The forest floor is therefore relatively clear of vegetation. It also contains decaying plant and animal matter
  • Fact 18 - As people are made aware of the problem initiatives such as Recycling increase in popularity
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