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Rainforest WALT: to know what a rainforest, in particular the Amazon What is a Rainforest? Rainforests are very dense, warm and wet forests They are havens for millions of plants and animals

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WALT: to know what a rainforest, in particular the Amazon

what is a rainforest
What is a Rainforest?
  • Rainforests are very dense, warm and wet forests
  • They are havens for millions of plants and animals
  • They are very important in the ecology of the Earth as the plants of the rainforest generate much of the Earth’s oxygen
rain forests
“Rain Forests”
  • The name rain forest was first used at the end of the 19th Century to describe forests that grow in constantly wet conditions
  • Today, scientists define rain forests as forests that receive more than 2,000 mm of rain evenly spread throughout the year
A rainforest is often referred to as a jungle, which is a Hindi word from India meaning a wilderness
  • A true jungle is a thick tangle of vegetation, through which people have to force and cut their way
  • Rainforests contain patches of jungle, but mainly they are more open
tropical rain forests
Tropical Rain Forests
  • Tropical rain forests are found in a belt around the equator, where temperatures and rainfall are very high all year round
  • There is very little variation between the seasons
  • They will have an even distribution of rainfall annually
  • Warm temperatures with less variation during the year
  • The best known rain forests are found in tropical regions between the Tropics of cancer and Capricorn
temperate rainforests
Temperate Rainforests
  • The precise definition of a temperate rainforest has still not been fully decided by scientists
  • They will have one long wet winter/spring season, and a dry foggy summer
  • It will have a range of differences in daytime and night time temperatures
  • These are just some differences between a Temperate and Tropical rainforest.
  • Do you think there will be any others?
  • Different types of plants and trees
  • Different animal life
the amazon rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest
  • One of the most well known rainforests is the Amazon
  • Where is the Amazon?
  • South America
  • The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world
  • It covers an area about two thirds the size of the US
  • Two thirds of the Earth’s fresh water can be found there
  • The Amazon was given its name by European explorers, after a tribe of fierce women called Amazons
  • Whether this tribe really existed is one of the many mysteries of the jungle
mysteries of the amazon
Mysteries of the Amazon
  • Can you think of any other mysteries of the Amazon?
  • There are stories of gold and lost cities
  • Strange and wondrous people, animals and plants
the amazon river
The Amazon River
  • The Amazon River, which snakes through this rainforest, is the largest river system in the world
Hundreds of small streams join larger ones and keep getting bigger until they join the Amazon
  • The whole area is called the Amazon Basin
Well done, now you know what a rainforest is!
  • Next time we will find out were you find the rainforests!