Envirnmental Science Essay

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Environmental science – U1L8
Most rain forests are located near the equator. Rain forests have a tropical wet climate and are quite humid all the time. The yearly rainfall is often more than 100 inches a year. Tropical rainforests produce almost half of the oxygen on earth. Scientists say that more than half of all the world's plant and animal species live in tropical rain forests. Rainforests only cover less than 6% of Earth's land surface. The rain forest is home to the greatest biodiversity on the planet. The rainforest is home to many endangered animals and has more kinds of trees than any other place on the planet. A few of the massive amounts of endangered animals include primates, big cats, frogs and birds. Critically endangered animals include the Sumatran tiger, Brown Spider Sumatran, Orangutan Monkey, the Golden Mantella, ...view middle of the document...

Epiphytes also known as air plants, can be found everywhere in the rainforest but are mostly found on branches, trunks, and sometimes the leaves a tree. Another type of plants located in the tropical rainforest is the carnivorous plant These plants are found in low-nutrient environments in the rainforest. Carnivorous plants get their nutrients by trapping and consuming things like insects and sometimes even small frogs and mammals. The most common types of Carnivorous plant is the Venus fly trap.

There is a wide variety of animals in the tropical rainforest, and many are endangered. The Clouded leopard is a type of wildcat that lives in the rainforests of Southeast Asia. These cats are elusive and rare in the wild and prefer to remain alone and hidden. The chimpanzee is one of the most beloved primates. Unfortunately, due to deforestation, hunting and trapping for trade chimpanzees along with many other primates are on the endangered species list. The manatee is a marine animal that is located in the rainforest. Manatees are one of the gentlest creatures on the planet. They can be found in warm waters along the coast of rainforest regions in Florida, the Caribbean, Africa, the Amazon Basin and some parts of Asia. 

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