Tropical Rainforest Canopy Layer Facts

Tropical Rainforest Canopy
Howler Monkey in the Canopy


The layer of a tropical rainforest where plants form an umbrella type of overhang that rises high above the ground is called the Canopy Layer. What makes up most of the Canopy Layer is a tangled mix of vegetation including branches, vines and trees of different sizes. When light hits this layer, the tree leaves at the top sometimes get burnt as they rise up as much as 150 feet (45 meters). It is not natural causes as much as humans who are destroying the rainforest, a problem that adults and kids should be very aware of. Among the interesting facts and information below is the answer to why photosynthesis plays an important role in the Canopy Layer.

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