What is the rainforest? Level 2.
Rainforests are not seen in your backyard and maybe not even in the country where you live. Certain
conditions need to be met in order for a rainforest to exist. First of all there must be a warm climate.
Many of the world's tropical rainforest regions are located on or around the equator or the tropics.
In fact, many countries have rain forests. The countries with the largest amount of rain forests are
Brazil, Congo, Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, Angola, Venezuela, Papa New Guinea, Mexico, and India.
In a tropical rainforest it rains nearly every day and they get about 80 inches of rain a year. These
rainforests have an average temperature of about 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 degrees Celsius.
Rainforest cover about six to seven percent of the Earth's surface and contain more than half of the
world's population of plants and animals. Most of these plants and animals we will never see or even
hear about because of their small size, inability to live or exist in another region, and because many
are close to extinction which means the disappearance of a species.
The largest rainforest on planet Earth is located along the Amazon River Basin in the continent of
South America. The Amazon is one of the longest rivers in the world and is never crossed by a
A rainforest could not exist in another part of the world, such as the desert, because of the lack of
rainfall and it would never survive in the Arctic regions because it is simply too cold.
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