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Where are the rainforests in the world located? With the help of the Rainforest World map, you can know all the rainforest locations in the world. Rainforests cover just 2% of the total surface area on earth. Despite such low coverage, they are the richest biodiversity zone in the world, hosting over 50% of all the plants and animals in the world. These forests are also known as the regulators of weather and environmental temperatures in the world.
Rainforests are mainly of two types:
- Tropical Rainforests
- Temperate Rainforests
Tropical rainforests are called the world’s largest pharmacy or the jewels of the Earth because over 1/3rd of all the natural medicines are found here. These forests are characterized by the fact that there is no dry season and the average rainfall is at least 60 mm (2.36 in).
You can find the rainforests from 10° north and south of the Equator. These forests belong to the tropical forest biome, which occurs within the 28° latitudes, which is located between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn in the equatorial zone. Tropical rainforests are categorized as tropical moist broadleaf forests including the more extensive seasonal tropical forests.
These are coniferous or broadleaf forests occurring in the temperate zone. Temperate rainforests receive heavy rain and can be found mostly in the Oceanic regions of the world. The annual precipitation level in temperate rainforests is more than 1400 mm (55 in). They are mainly found in the North American Pacific Northwest (the Pacific temperate rain forests), the Eastern U.S. Sun Belt (the Appalachian temperate rainforest), southwestern South America (the Valdivian temperate rain forests), northwest Europe, southeastern Australia, the Black Sea–Caspian Sea region, southern Japan, the southeasternmost coastal zone of the Bulgarian coast, and many more.
The 2 largest and most popular rainforests in the world are:
- Amazon Rainforest (South America)
Amazon Jungle or Amazonia is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It is spread across a total area of 5,500,000 sq km (2,123,562 sq mi), covering most parts of South America’s Amazon Basin. It runs through Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana.
As per estimates, there are around 390 billion individual trees, belonging to 16,000 species, in the Amazon rainforest. Besides tens of thousands of plants, you can find 2.5 million insects and around 2,000 birds and mammals. In the region, 438,000 plant species of economic and social interest have been found. The major predatory species found in this rainforest are anaconda, cougar, and jaguar.
- Congo Rainforest (Africa)
It is the second-largest rainforest in the world, which is spread across a total area of 1,780,000 sq km (687,262 sq mi). Congo Rainforest is spread over a large part of Northern Congo in Central Africa. The Congo River, the 2nd largest river by volume that drains an area of 3.7 million square kilometers or 1,428,578 square miles, runs from within it.
Explore the major tropical rainforests in the rainforest map (printable) to get a clear view of the location of these forests on different continents. This map also shows the continents, oceans, and seas so that you know exactly where these tropical rainforests are located. Know the list of rainforests in the world that are situated on different continents.
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