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As much as people like to belive they know what a rain forest is the truth of the matter is one in which not even professionals that deal with the forests on a dailty basis can surmise with articles and essays As we look deeper and deeper into the intricate systems of our worlds rain forests we must first differentite between forests explorer the imense significants each role plays and to carefully examine human interaction with them Rainforests are classified by climate altitude and latitude either alone or in cobination The equatorial rainfoest refers to forests found in the equatorial zone 10 degrees either side of the equator In cases where the rain forest extends beyond the tropics it is refered to as the subtropical rain forest In areas that experience pronounced changes in season a cycle of wet and dry seasons the forests are classified as monsoon rain forests Rain forests that establish themselves on tropical mountains are called montane rain forests However all of thses rain forests can be easily classified into two distinct groups Tropical and Temperate Tropical rain forests are chacterized by broad leaf evergreen trees that form a closed canopy Below the canopy is a network of vines and epiphytes which are plants that grow of the trees Tropical rain forests also have a relatively open forest floor and a lage variety of plant and animal species The largest areas of tropical rain forests are located in the amazon basin of South America in the Congo basin and lowland eqatorial regions of Africa and on both the mainland and the islands off of Southeast Asia in small areas found in Central America and along the Queensland coast of Australia Temperate rain forests growing in higher-latitude regions having wet maritime climates are less extensive than thoae of the tropics but include some of the most valuable timber in the world Temperate forests are found on the northwest
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