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An Overview of Tropical Rainforests

Tropical rainforests are important ecosystems primarily located in the equatorial zone, between 15° North and 15° South of the Equator. They are mainly found in Central and South America, Africa and Indo-Malaysia. 

If you’re unsure about what an ecosystem is or how it functions, revisit our summary page on ecosystems here.

Tropical rainforests are ecosystems that thrive on very high biodiversity, with a massive variety of flora and fauna on display. To read more about the diversity of life in Tropical Rainforests, click here to review the rich variety of life in the rainforests.

As in most ecosystems, tropical rainforests have a great deal of interdependence between animals, plants, climate and people. The balance within rainforests is often exposed to outside influences, which can disrupt the ecosystem. To read more about the interdependence in tropical rainforests, click here

Tropical rainforests cover about 6% of the Earth’s surface, with the largest rainforest being the Amazon Rainforest, located in South America. All rainforests have certain characteristics that help define the type of life that thrives there and the unique atmosphere of the forest. To read more about the characteristics and distribution of rainforests, click here

Rainforests are at serious risk of destruction due to constant human activity such as deforestation, farming and logging. This is not to mention the deliberate hunting and habitat destruction that affects the animals. Rainforests, like many biomes, require careful management to ensure that we avoid damaging or losing them forever.

To learn more about the threats that tropical rainforests face and the management strategies that are used to mitigate these threats, click here.

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