Tropical forests

Posted: 12 August 2000

Tropical rainforests (also known as equatorial rainforests) are located in a zone 10°N and S of the equator, mainly in Amazonia, equatorial west and central Africa and southeast Asia, all of which experience heavy precipitation (1750-2500mm) and high, fairly constant temperatures (25-28°C) through the year. Such hot, moist conditions encourage rapid and abundant plant growth, with the tallest trees exceeding 30 metres in height, and suuporting a canopy sufficiently thick that it allows little light to reach gound level.