There are two types of forests, Temperate and Tropical. The tropical rainforests are found near the equator. This biome is hot and moist. The worlds largest rainforests are found in South America, Africa and in the southeastern part of Asia. These rainforests get 60 to 160 inches of precipitation (rainfall) per year. It does not have a rainy and dry season but the opposite, the rain is fairly evenly distributed in these forests each year.
What is a Biome?
A biome is a large community of plants and animals that is supported by a certain type of climate. There are six major biomes of the world. Artic Tundra, Coniferous Forest, Desert, Deciduous Forest, Grasslands, Mountains and the Tropical Rain Forest!
What is an Ecosystem?
An ecosystem is a community of plants and animals in an environment that supplies them with the raw materials they need, such as nutrients and water. An ecosystem may be as small as a puddle or as large as a forest.
The Tropical Rain Forest is found in Asia, Africa, South and Central America and on many of the Pacific islands. Almost half of the area is on Brazil. In North America the tropical Rain forest is mostly found in Mexico.
The Combination of heat and moister makes the Tropical Rain Forest the perfect place for the 15 million different species that live in the Tropical Rain Forest. There is so much different unique species with their own different adaptations for them to hid from predators to using traps and poison to take down their prey.
Of coarse we all know the rain Forest has a lot of rain but how much? The Tropical Rain Forest has at least 70 inches of rain each year!
Explore the Rain Forest
- Ben Shaffner
Work cited http;//www.coff.edu/ete/modules/mese/earthsysflr/rforest.html March 31/2005
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Resources on the web
www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/rainforest/index_flash.html - Rainforests in the night time
Or for information on the temperate rainforests
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Biotic Factor-Any Factor that is living and in a biome ( animal or plants)
Abiotic Factor- Anything not living that is present in a biome. (does not include dead animals or plants) (ex air, water, sunlight, soil)
Producer-An organism that produces it's own food through photosynthesis. (plants)
Consumer- There are two types, Primary and Secondary. Primary-eats plants secondary eats meat
Decomposers- An organism that breaks down dead animals and plants and provides nutrients to the soil. (worm)
Food Web-A diagram explaining how energy from food or prey is transferred through animals and plants.
Biome- Large areas of land that is similar but not necessarily connected. eg the tropical rainforests are in South America but also in other continents.
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