A picture of our tropical rainforest in Ipoh, Malaysia.
There are 2 types of Rainforests in the world, namely Temperate and Tropical Rainforests.
Tropical rainforests are forests with tall trees, warm climate and lots of rain.
In Malaysia, our rainforests used to occupy a much larger area but logging and development has destroyed much of it.
Features of a tropical rainforest:
- Located in the 'tropics' region
- Rainfall of 80 inches per year
- Has a canopy of trees where most of the animals and plants live
- Has a high level of biodiveristy of flora and fauna
- It is home to about half of the Earth's plants and animals species
Rainforests are also called "Pharmacy of the World". More than a quarter of the world's medicine originates from its plants.
Rainforests are important because
- home to many plants and animals
- stabilize the world's climate
- protect against flood, drought and erosion
- source of medicines and food
- home to many indigeneous people.
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