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A little information about the rainforest

The rainforest has a unique diversity and exuberance and this plays an important role for life in the rainforest. As much as 7 % of land in the world is covered by rainforest.

2000 millimeters of rain falls in a forest at least 1 year.
50 % of the rain forest comes from evaporation from the forest vegetation.
10 meter water level can vary in a waterway depends on rainfall.
In 5 minutes, it fell 6.3 cm rain in Portobelo in Panama in 1911, which is world record.
1/5 of world’s river water are found in the Amazon.

On 1 hectar rainforest….

  • Grows 200-300 different tree species
  • There are 734 tribes in Ecuador. It provides 13 to 14 square feet for each tree.
  • There is formed about 22 tons of new plant mass each year.

The oldest rainforest is believed to be 60 million years.
The tallest trees can be 80 meters high.
It was found 7780 species of trees native to Brazil. In Iceland, the number is 3.
300 meters long vines winding up through the canopy.
A mahogany uses 100 years to reach full size.
Canopy forms a canopy of leaves 20 to 40 meters above the ground and this is where you’ll find most of the wildlife.
As a common mahogany, taking the tree with the 28 other trees and it’s illegal.
1% sunlight reaches the forest ground.
It was picked up 296 million tons of iron in 2007 from the world’s richest iron mine in the middle of Brazil’s rainforest.
50 million people are believed to live in the world’s rain forests.
155,000 of the 250,000 known plant species are found in rain forests. Over half of these plant and animal species thus belong at home in the rainforest.
Less than 1 % of the forest trees and plants have now been scientifically studied. Despite this, strains ¼ of the active substances used in medicine from rainforest plants.
The insect, walking stick that was discovered on Borneo has a length of 56, 6 cm, making it the world’s longest insect.

Rafflesia Flower Arnoldii in Southeast Asia can be one meter in diameter, making it the worlds largest.

World Rainforest Nations:

  • Brazil – 4,715,000 km2 (55% of the country’s area)
  • DR Congo – 1,330,000 km2 (57%)
  • Indonesia – 848,000 km2 (45%)
  • Peru – 686,000 km2 (53%)
  • Colombia – 606,000 km2 (53%)

 

Felling of the rain forest continues despite all protests. 2/3 of the world’s rainforests have disappeared since the mid 1800’s, and the pace is not lowered. This year approximately 13 million hectares will be folded down. There are about 4000 square meters per second.

Felling of the forest 2000 – 2005, by country:

  • Other countries – 31%
  • Brazil – 27%
  • Indonesia – 17%
  • Myanmar – 4%
  • Zambia – 4%
  • Tanzania – 4%
  • Nigeria – 4%
  • DR Congo – 3%
  • Zimbabwe – 3%
  • Venezuela – 3%

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