Rain Forest Alec S., Ryan K., Andrew W., & Mark S.
Geo. Features • Mostly around the equator • Rain Forests cover approximately 6% of Earth’s land surface • There are 3 main layers to the Rain Forest • Canopy: Top most layer, 25-45 meters high, home to birds and monkeys. • Understory: Middle layer, home to some amphibians and reptiles like snakes and chameleons. • Ground: Self explanatory, layer where most insects live. Decomposers of all kinds also call this layer home.
Temperature • Wet, tropical climate • Temperature rarely goes over 93◦F • Humidity is average is between 77-88% • Rainfall is more than 100in. a year! • Monsoonal areas have periodical dry seasons • Almost all rain forests are near the equator
Plant Types • More than 2/3 of the Earth’s plant species are found in Tropical Rain Forests • Plants live in warm, humid environment that allows a huge variety of plants rare in more mild climates • Plants are spread out between 3 main layers of the Rain Forest • Plants consist of ferns, broadleaved shrubs, dwarf bombs, carnivores plants, orchids, strangler fig, and others • Over 300 species of trees
Animal Types Varity of types of animals Reptiles, Fish, Birds, Insects, Mammals all live in Rain Forests • Reptiles • Poison Dart Frogs • Green Iguana • Green Anaconda • Green River Turtles • Fish • Fresh water sting ray • Arapama • Annual Killi Fish • Birds • King Vulture • Macaw • Toucans • Mammals • Sloth • Puma • Monkey
Human Impact on Rain Forests • Tropical deforistation • Pollution • Urbanization • Poaching and Hunting • Tourism • Introduction of foreign plants and animals
Commercial Profit of Rain Forests • Logging • Large and Small Scale agriculture • Cattle Pasture • Some plants can be used for medical purposes
Work Cites • www.blueplanetbiomes.com • www.wildernessclassroom.com • www.srl.caltech.edu • www.mongabay.com