The rainforests are usually characterized by a large annual rainfall, but that’s description clearly falls short of what these forests represent to our planet. These special places get a minimum amount of 200 cm of rain per year, essential to keep it healthy and thriving. This is just one of the 50 amazing facts we have to show you about rainforests in our latest infographic. Are you ready to ravel through the dense nature with us? Let’s go!
Between 40 and 75 percent of all Earth’s species came from endemic humid forests and it’s estimated that many millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms are still undiscovered and “hiding” in the rainforests. It’s not by chance that we call “jewels of the Earth” to these places or even the “world’s largest pharmacy”, due to the large number of drugs’ components that have been discovered there. Besides the names we already told you, the rainforests are also called “lungs of the Earth” for a very special reason: they produce 40 percent of the oxygen on Earth.
Many of the world’s rainforests are located in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, in the tropical area, near the Equador (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn). It’s possible to find them in Southwest Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Central America and on many of the Pacific islands. In each one of these places, rainforests are divided by stages: besides the sky, there is also the emergent layer, the canopy the under canopy and the shrub level, the forest floor and also the part below the surface. Each one of these layers has its secrets and now it’s time to find them out with our infographic, which is eager to show you the most interesting facts about one of the most amazing places on the planet.