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Facts About Rainforests & Quiz

Facts About Rainforests & Quiz

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Rainforests facts and quiz.
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Published by: Donnette Davis on Sep 15, 2007
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Facts about Rainforests
Do you know how many tropical rainforest plantshave been identified as having anti-cancer properties? Or how many continents around theworld contain rainforests? And just how quickly arethe world's rainforests disappearing?Find out the answers to these questions and more asyou check out these interesting
rainforest facts!
Andwhen you think that you know all there is to knowabout the rainforest, test your knowledge with our rainforest quiz.
Facts about the Global Coverage ofRainforests:
 
Fact:
Covering less than 2 percent ofthe Earth's total surface area, theworld's rainforests are home to 50percent of the Earth's plants andanimals.
 
Fact:
Rainforests can be found all over the world from as far north as Alaskaand Canada to Latin America, Asiaand Africa.
 
Fact:
Rainforests are found on everycontinent across the Earth, exceptAntarctica.
 
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Fact:
There are two major types ofrainforest:
temperate rainforests
and
tropical rainforests.
 
 
Fact:
The largest temperate rainforestsare found on North America's PacificCoast and stretch from NorthernCalifornia up into Canada.
 
Fact:
Temperate rainforests used to existon almost every continent in the world,but today only 50 percent – 75 millionacres – of these forests remainworldwide.
Facts about the Rainforest as Part of ourGlobal Environment and Well-being:
 
Fact:
Rainforests act as the world'sthermostat by regulating temperaturesand weather patterns.
 
Fact:
One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is found in the Amazon Basin.
 
Fact:
Rainforests are critical inmaintaining the Earth's limited supply ofdrinking and fresh water.
 
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Facts about the Abundant Life andImportant Resources that RainforestsShare with Us:
 
Fact:
A typical four square mile patch ofrainforest contains as many as 1,500flowering plants, 750 species of trees,400 species of birds and 150 species ofbutterflies.
 
Fact:
Rainforests provide manyimportant products for people: timber,coffee, cocoa and many medicinalproducts, including those used in thetreatment of cancer.
 
Fact:
Seventy percent of the plantsidentified by the U.S. National Cancer Institute as useful in the treatment ofcancer are found only in rainforests.
 
Fact:
More than 2,000 tropical forestplants have been identified by scientistsas having anti-cancer properties.
 
Fact:
Less than one percent of thetropical rainforest species have beenanalyzed for their medicinal value.

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