Interesting Tropical Forest Facts

The tropics are high, hot, dense forests near the equator, the oldest ecosystems on Earth, where the greatest amount of rainfall falls. This habitat is very different from all others on Earth. In this article, we will look at some interesting facts about the tropics. 1. Tropical forests occupy only 2% of the total surface of the Earth, but about 50% of all plants and animals on the planet are in the tropics. 2. Rainforests experience the most rainfall. 3. A fifth of fresh water is in the rainforest, in the Amazon, to be exact. 4. Since the tropics maintain the earth’s fresh water supply, they play a critical role in the sustainable life of the earth. 5. About 1/4 of natural medicines are made from what grows in the tropics. 6. In four square miles of rainforest, you will find 1500 species of flowering plants, 750 species of trees, many of which have medicinal properties. 7. More than 2000 plant species found in the rainforest are used in cancer treatment and have anti-inflammatory properties. 8. The Amazon Tropics are the largest rainforests in the world. 9. The rainforest is currently under serious threat from logging, ranching and mining. 10. 90% of tropical forests belong to the underdeveloped or developed countries of the world. 11. About 90% of the 1,2 billion people living in poverty depend on rainforests for their daily needs.

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