Rainforests are dense forests in a tropical region
that have an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.
There are two major types of rainforests:
Tropical Rainforests and Temperate Rainforests.
Temperate rainforests are rainforests that are
less humid and have less rainfall. They also
receive less sunlight per day due to their close
closeness to the equator. Six million square
miles used to exist in the world and now, only 2.6
million square miles remain. Only 75 million acres
of temperate forests remain which is only half
the remaining temperate rainforests. The largest
temperate rainforests are located along North
America's Pacific Coast and expand from
California all the way up to Canada. The
rainforests are a very important. Unfortunately,
there have been many events concerning the
rainforests around the world for human needs
which have causes many harmful effects on the
environment. About 57% of the world's
rainforests have been destroyed in the last
century with serious consequences for both
industrial and developing countries. The
rainforests are significant to our environment.
large number of rainforests are being destroyed
since rainforests are valued by the value of
timber by landowners and logging companies.
More than half of the world's 10 million species
animals, insects, and plants live in the tropical
rainforests. Many plants are used to fight cancer
& prescription drugs currently used are from
rainforests. As a portion of rainforest is
destroyed, the world loses thousands of
years of knowledge about medical plants that
replaceable. In 1950, about 15 percent of the
Earth's land surface was covered by rainforest.
Today, more than half of it is already destroyed.
The rate of destruction is still increasing as time
is going by. Deforestation is bringing many
consequences such as air pollution, soil erosion,
water pollution, extinction of plants and animals,
increased threat for global warming, releasing
carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and also
less oxygen for us. The biodiversity of the
rainforest is so immense and we are losing an
estimate of 137 species of animals and plants
each day due to the destruction of rainforests.
There is more information on some of the exotic
species that survive in the rainforest.