Two Types of Rainforests Tropical Located along the equator 80-400 inches of rain per year Temperature between 70-85 degrees Temperate Could be located anywhere (even Alaska) 50-140 inches of rain per year Temperature between 50-80 degrees
Tropical Rainforests Most of the rainforests in the world are tropical. They make up only 6% of Earth’s surface, but contain over half of Earth’s plants and animals.
Animals of the Amazon Rainforest A few of the animals you will find in the Amazon Rainforest are: -Toucans -Parrots -Poison Dart Frogs -Jaguars -Ocelots -Howler Monkeys -Anacondas -Electric Eels -Piranhas -Vampire Bats Watch Video!
Plants of the Amazon Rainforest Some plants you will find are: -Kapok Trees -Strangler Figs -Coconut Trees -Mangrove Trees -Bengal Bamboo
Amazon Rainforest The Amazon Rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world. It is located in South America along the Amazon River basin. Covers 2.5 million square miles and is part of 9 different countries.
Amazon Rainforest 20% of Earth’s oxygen is produced there More than 5 million species of plants, animals, and insects
Rainforest Destruction Unfortunately, rainforests across the globe are being destroyed at a substantial rate.
Reasons for Destruction Logging Farming Ranching Mining
Reasons to Save the Rainforests Millions of animals and people live there. Many products, including foods and medicines, come from the rainforests. Rainforests affect Earth’s climate. Cutting down and burning trees releases carbon dioxide, which leads to global warming.
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