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Myeedah Leslie Env Science Tropical rain forest Along the Congo- Basin region of Africa lies some of the worlds most beautiful rainforests The Congo- Basin in west-central Africa includes most of the land drained by the Congo River and its tributaries The Congo River is Africas second largest River Only the Nile River is longer The Congo River rises in southeastern Zaire and flows 2716 miles to the Atlantic Ocean What makes a rainforest biome unique depends on two things One being its location in the tropics and the other being the amount of rainfall it receives It is hard to generalize rainfall in the Congo Basin since the numbers vary greatly Some two to eight meters rain annually however it has been recorded before of reaching 13 meters Also the rainforest is the Earths oldest living ecosystem Fossils date back 70 to 100 million years ago Tropical rain forest occur in a belt around the Earth near the Equator They are always humid and warm and receive about 100 in of rain per year Because of its location near the equator tropical rain forests get strong sunlight year round maintaing a climate with little seasonal variation The climate of a tropical rain forest is ideal for growing plantlife In fact there are more different species of plants growing in the tropical rain forest than in any other biome Tropical rainforests cover only six percent of the Earths land but they contain over half of the plant and animal species on Earth It is really fascinating when inside four square miles of rainforest there may be as many as 1500 species of flowering plants 750 species of trees 125 mammals 400 birds 100 reptiles and 60 amphibians In addition in one square meter of ground soil where the leaves decompose up to 50 species of ants can exist Most of the bio-diversity that is found in the rainforest
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