The average conditions for the tropical rainforest are very humid because of the massive amounts of rainfall. About 160-400 inches of rain fall on the rainforest every year. The average temperature of the rainforest is about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainforest does not change much all year and never falls below 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
The day to day weather of the rainforest and the climate are very similar because not much changes. Weather is very hot and humid with a lot of rain. There are no seasons in the rainforest because the temperature barely ever changes. Humidity usually is at 85% during the day and then increases to 95% at night.
This is a chart that summarizes the rainforest's average monthly temperature and precipitation.
Gross Primary Production
The rate at which primary producers undergo photosynthesis in the tropical rainforest is 9,000 kilocalories/square meters per year.
Net Primary Production
The gross and net primary production in the rainforest is the same at 9,000 kilocalories/square meters per year.
One type of plant in the rain forest is the passion fruit plant. It is a vigorous climbing vine that will grow around and cling to anything it can. It can grow 15 to 20 feet per year but only lives about 5 to 7 years. There are three parts to the plant, the leaves it grows, the flowers and the fruit itself.
Another plant in the rainforest is the strangler fig tree. It is a tree that uses other trees as its host to grow. The tree's roots wrap around the host tree like lattice work and figuratively strangles it until it dies.
A common animal found in the rainforest is the Toucan. This bird lives about 20 years in the wild and is about 25 inches tall. The Toucan is about 20 ounces and lives in flocks of about 6 birds. They live in tree holes and have two to four eggs a year which both parents care for.
Another animal that lives in the rainforest is the Bengal Tiger. Bengal tigers can be found in southeast Asia in parts of India, China, Bangladesh and Indonesia as well as other southeast Asian countries. These meat eaters weigh about 400 to 600 pounds. Bengal tigers have the largest canine teeth of all felines.
The tropical rainforests of the world are found in Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The percentage of land surface the rainforest occupies is only 6% where they used to occupy 14%.
-80% of the flowers in the Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in the world.
-1 out of 4 ingredients in our medicine is from rainforest plants.
-An area of a rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed each second.