IntroductionA description of the Tropical Rainforest Biome can be summed up in two words; hot and wet. Biodiverse would be another word describing these biomes where approximately half of all animal and plant species on earth live. On this page you will find kid-friendly interesting information about these rainforest including where rainforest are located and why they are disappearing from the earth. On the pages within this category you will find random information about this biome. For information on animals, plants, and the layers of these biomes please see the other category pages of this site.
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Top 10 Tropical Rainforest Biome Facts
- Tropical rainforest get lots of rain; in one year they typically receive between 50 and 260 inches (125 to 660 centimeters) of rain.
- The tropical rainforest biome is hot, it has an average temperatures of about 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius).The temperature never falls below 64 degrees Fahrenheit (17.8 degrees Celsius).
- Tropical Rainforest are extremely humid, due to all the rainfall, the average humidity is between 77 and 88 percent.
- The Amazon Rainforest in South America is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, however these forest are also located in Africa, Central America, Australia, Asia, Mexico and on numerous Caribbean, Pacific, and Indian Ocean islands.
- The vegetation of the tropical rainforest biome is categorized into 4 layers; the forest floor, Understory, Canopy, and Emergent layer. Each layer is characterized by the plants that grow there and the animals that live there.
- Tropical rainforest biomes are generally located near the equator, this is why they are said to have an equatorial climate.
- An amazing fact about these rainforest is that they are home to about half of all animal and plant species on the earth.
- The tropical Rainforest biome is shrinking at an alarming rate mainly due to the clearing of the forest for farming and logging.
- The plants in the rainforest are an important source of ingredients for all types of medicines.
- The tropical rainforest biome plays an important part in reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The plants absorb the carbon dioxide, which humans exhale, and then supply oxygen which we breathe.
Other Facts about the Tropical Rainforest Biome
- Tropical rainforest have lots of trees; in fact about seventy percent of the plants in this biome are trees. There can be up 200 species of trees in just a 2 acre area.
- Some common foods grown in these rainforest include bananas, coffee, Yam, avocado, mango, sugarcane, and papaya.
- There are an estimated fifty million tribal people living in the world's tropical rainforest. The highest percentage live in the Amazon Rainforest, with the Yanomani tribe being the largest Amazon tribe; perhaps the most famous are the pygmies of Africa.
- The Amazon Rainforest covers most of the northern part of South America and extends into southern Central America.
- Exactly how old tropical rainforests are is not known however they have been around for hundreds of millions of years.
- What might be a surprising fact is that tropical rainforest biomes have poor soil. They have poor soil due to the fact that nutrients, from decaying matter, is locked up in the plant life and recycled to that plant life so quickly that little of it reaches the soil.