Presentation on theme: "Information about the Amazon Rainforest"— Presentation transcript:
1Information about the Amazon Rainforest The Magic RainforestInformation about the Amazon Rainforest
2Did you know there are two types of rainforest Did you know there are two types of rainforest? The temperate and the tropical!
3Tropical rainforests are found close to the equator. Temperate rainforests are found along coasts in the temperate zone, such as the Pacific Northwest of the USA.Both are endangered!
4Fifty seven percent of all tropical rainforests are found in Latin America. One third of the world's tropical rainforests are in Brazil.The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It covers 2.5 million square miles – about two thirds of the United States would fit into it! It stretches across South America and occupies regions including Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
6It is home to around 2 and a half million different insects species as well as over 40,000 plant species.There are also a number of dangerous animals living in the Amazon rainforest such the cougar, jaguar, and anaconda.
7The four layers of tropical rainforests EmergentCanopyUnderstoryForest Floor
8Emergent LayerThese giant trees enjoy the greatest amount of sunlight but also must endure high temperatures, low humidity, and strong winds
9Canopy LayerThe tops of these trees form a tight, continuous canopy 60 to 90 feet above the ground
10Understory LayerOnly a little sunshine reaches these plants so they have to grow larger leaves to reach the sunlight
11Forest FloorSince there is almost no sunlight, only certain plants that have have adapted to very low light grow here
12The “Lungs of the Planet” The plants of the rainforests provide a large part of the earth's oxygen supply so the Amazon Rainforest is referred to as the “Lungs of the Planet”More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced by the AmazonDestruction of rainforests could mean increased global climate change and worsening pollution
13Sadly, the Amazon is being destroyed by climate change and deforestation.
14Trees are being cut down to make paper, cardboard, and furniture. There are more cattle than ever before which means they need more rainforest land to satisfy their needs.Roads are being built through the rainforest, endangering the environment as well as the lives of native Amazon tribes.
15Because we are not taking care of the Amazon Rainforest, there is: Soil erosion,Water and air pollution, andA loss of biodiversity because plans and animals are becoming extinct.If we don’t do something about it, our planet will lose oxygen and many plants and animals.
16Questions to think about: What are the characteristics of a rainforest?What animals and plants live in the rainforest?What do you think it would be like to live in the rainforest?