Rainforests ( What is a rainforest? (a thick forest habitat (gets a ton…
What is a rainforest?
a thick forest habitat (gets a ton of rain) - more than 200 inches of rain/year
find rainforests(cool areas/ tropical areas-warm/humid & near the equator)
e.g. Amazon Rainforest: the largest
over half the world's species of animals and plants
2) What are some layers of the rainforest?
Understory: the layer between Canopy and Forest Floor, less sunshine- big leaves to get as much sunlight as possible, insects, snakes and jaguars
Forest Floor: bottom of the rainforest, not much sunshine - fewer plants grow, still lizards, insects and fungi
Canopy: top layer(roof), gets much sunshine, leafy, monkeys, sloths, and birds
4) How are rainforests changing?
manage fresh water
control E's temperature and weather patterns
give off oxygen/ get rid of carbon dioxide( a gas that causes problems in the environment)
But: are being cut down
for wood/ for land(to raise animals and plant crops)
many native people(who depend on rainforests)-lose
plants/animals- x habitats
but x make medicines from rainforests
3) How do plants and animals survive in rainforests?
Air Plants: live on the tall trees(forest floor - x enough sunlight)
Some plants: get rid of extra water(so much rain)
Pitcher Plants-use animals for food(soil - x enough nutrients)
Butterflies: transparent wings
Poison Dart Frog: bright colors to warn their predators
Stinkbird: smells bad