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10 Interesting facts about Rainforest

A Rainforest can be described as a tall, dense jungle. The reason it is called a “rain” forest is because of the high amount of rainfall it gets per year.Rain forests are interesting and attractive part of our environment. Majority of our animal and plant species live here. In this post you will be able to find 10 interesting facts about rain forests so read carefully 🙂

1.) Destruction of Rain forest

Rain forest is a natural element that we must keep and maintain. Every 2 seconds forest of football field size disappears. Despite the opposition to the cutting down of rain forests, the problem continues. Every year, Brazil chops down an area of forest the size of the state of Nebraska. According to some estimates, 50 million acres of rain forest are cut down every year.  

   

2.) Mammals in rain forests – Monkeys

There are so many species of monkeys in the rain forests that scientist have not yet discovered all of them. In fact, in early 2009 a brand-new species, Mura’s tamarin, was found in a remote part of Brazil.

   

3.) Rainfall in Rain forest

Rainfall is often more than 100 inches a year. There is usually a brief season of less rain. In monsoonal areas, there is a real dry season. Almost all rain forests lie near the equator. The trees in the rain forest can be seen as a huge sponge because when the rain comes in the rainforest, you will see that the water will never go down to touch the ground. It will take ten minutes long to fall to the ground since all of the trees can bunch the water of the falling rain.

   

4.) Bats

The most abundant mammals in the rain forest are not large creatures but bats. Only in tropical rain forests we can find Vampire bats, there are only three bat species that actually feed on blood and all three live in rain forests of America. Bats are useful for the pollination. Many tropical fruit will never be able to grow well without a help from it.

   

5.) Butterflies

Butterflies are among the most beautiful and marvelous creature in all of nature. Tropical America is the richest region in the world in for butterflies, but they are found in many other places as well. A butterfly’s life begins with a very tiny egg laid on a leaf. From this develops a larva, the butterfly’s caterpillar stage. Eventually, the larva makes a cocoon or chrysalis. Safe inside, it develops into a pupa. Eventually, a beautiful butterfly is released from this container, flying heavenward, fully-developed.

   

6.) Bamboo

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, it can grow up to 60cm in one day. Many people think that bamboo is a tree but bamboo is grass. Most bamboo species flower infrequently. In fact, many bamboos only flower at intervals as long as 65 or 120 years. Soft bamboo shoots, stems, and leaves are the major food source of the giant panda. The shoots (new culms that come out of the ground) of bamboo are edible. They are used in numerous Asian dishes and broths, and are available in supermarkets in various sliced forms, in both fresh and canned versions.

   

7.) Australian Rain forest

Australia’s Tropical Rainforests cover approximately 900,000 square hectares and are internationally recognised as being one of the most ecologically fascinating natural areas in the world, as one of few remaining truly pristine tropical rainforest places on the planet. These forests contain an amazing array and diversity of flora and fauna. 80% of some flowers can not be seen in any other place on Earth.

   

8.) African Rain forest

Many countries in the world located near the equator have rain forest. Most of Africa’s remaining rain forest are found in the Congo river basin on the Atlantic Ocean side of the continent. The explorer is able to view and enjoy more than 8,000 special of unique plants and flowers. They are famous for gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants as well as native population of forest dwellers known as pygmies.

   

9.) Asian Rain forest

The Southeast Asian rain forests are the oldest on Earth, dating back to the Pleistocene Epoch (70mil. years ago). It has a biological richness and diversity unequal by that of the Amazon and African rain forests. The rain forest in this region are disappearing faster than anywhere else. It is projected that most of the primary rain forest in this region will be destroyed in the next 10 years.

   
 

10.) Benefits of rain forests

Rain Forests provide the most powerful and bio-actively diverse natural habitat on the planet. Over 200,000 species of plants thrive in Rain Forests. According to Michael Blalick, director of the Institute of Economic Botany (part of the New York Botanical Garden), “Of more than 265,000 known plant species, less than 3 percent have been tested for their medical applications, yet out of this tiny portion have come 25 percent of all medicines.”