Important Facts |
* Amazon rainforests produce about 40% of the world's oxygen * One in four pharmaceuticals comes from a plant in the tropical rainforests * 1400 rainforest plants are believed to offer cures for cancer * 40% of tropical rainforests have already been lost in Latin America and Southeast Asia |
Technically, this type of forest can be defined as a forest in the tropics receiving 4-8 meters of rain each year. Tropical rainforests are found in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and islands near it, and West Africa. There are smaller rainforests in northern Australia and other small islands. All tropical rainforests are found along the equator where the temperatures and the humidity is always high, with the days being equal to the nights.
Generally, there is a flow of air that comes from the poles of the Earth, towards the equator. These winds are filled with moisture and the intense heat that is located at the equator causes the moisture to rise, cool and then condense to create rain. This continuous cycle causes it to rain almost 24 hours a... [continues]
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