Tropical Rainforest and Supporting Plants ~ Kwentology


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How Rich are the Rainforest?


Habitats on Earth with immeasurable possession for different riches, containing a half of the world's plants. Just 2.5 acres (1 ha) of tropical rainforest can contain 600 kinds of trees. The forest also contain untold riches in the shape of timber, fruits, and herbs that can be used as food and medicine. The rainforest are important not just for their rich wildlife, but also because they help to preserve climate and soil stability. Without them, climate change would almost certainly accelerate—the forest help preserve the atmosphere, releasing huge quantities of water vapor and oxygen, and absorbing carbon dioxide.

A number of rain falls could be experience in the rainforest. Tropical rainforests are warm and wet. In many, the rainfall is more than 80 inches (2,000 mm) per year. It may rain at any time, but there are often storms in the afternoon.

Tropical rainforests is so rich in species. No one knows for certain, but it may be because they have been undisturbed for so long, and also perhaps because they have such a stable, warm climate.

Image of Creepers in the RainforestThe moist branches of rainforest trees are festooned with creepers. Image by Eliatra-stock.


Bestowing the Different Species in the Rainforest


Lianes, or lianas, are plants that clamber over and dangle down from rainforest from rainforest trees. They grow very long and use the trees as supports. Animals such as monkeys and squirrels use lianes to help them move about the branches.

An air-plant grows without anchoring itself to the ground. Air plants are common in some tropical forest. They get moisture they need direct from damp air.

Inside the forest there are plants that can trap their own rain water. It rains very often in the tropical rainforest, and many plants trap the water before it reaches the ground. Bromeliads have special leaves that form a waterproof cup for this purpose.

Many of the taller forest trees have special supporting flanges, called stilts or buttresses, near the base of their trunks. These make the tree less liable to be pushed over in a storm. Helping to stop tall trees from blowing over.

Image of Rainforest FernsEpiphytes such as ferns and bromeliads find a root-hold in crevices on trunks and branches of the trees.


The Location of Rainforests


The world's largest rainforest is in Brazil, covering the Amazon River basin, and also along the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The world's main areas of tropical rainforest are in South and Central America, West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Northern Queensland, Austrialia.

The main canopy of rainforest develops at around 95 feet (30 m), with occasional taller trees (known as emergents) rising above these to an incredible 165 feet (50 m), or more. These are the tallest and biggest rainforest trees that has been recorded.

The Destruction of Rainforest


We get many things from rainforests, including timber, Brazil nuts, fruit, rubber, rattan (a kind of palm from which furniture is made), cosmetics, and medicines.

Ever questioned yourself how fast are rainforest being destroyed? Rainforest are being devastated at a speed of 70 acres (28 ha) a minute. Every year an area size of the state of Wisconsin is lost or badly damaged. When forest is cleared, the tropical rainstorms work directly on the soil, erosion sets in, and in a short time all the fertile topsoil is washed away, making the ground useless for crops.

The cutting down of rainforest resulting for massive changes. Many rainforests are destroyed so the land can be used for crops, or for grazing. Tropical forest soils are fertile, and many crops, such as cocoa and sugar cane, can be grown after the trees have been felled. However, the fertility of the soil is short-lived.
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