Comprehension Concepts/Rainforest Unit/Reading Sheet
Tropical rainforests are forests that receive
more than 80 inches of rain a year.
Some rainforests receive as much as 200-400
inches of rain a year! Rainforests
also have large amounts of humidity, or water
vapor in the air.
What is the Temperature Like in a Tropical Rainforest?
The temperature in a tropical rainforest
does not vary, or change, much during the
year. It ranges between 70 and 80 degrees
Fahrenheit at all times. Tropical rainforests
never get really hot because they receive
almost daily rainfall. Other areas
near the equator which do not receive a great
deal of rainfall have much higher average
temperatures than tropical rainforests. The
temperature is much the same at night as
it is during the day, unlike other places
where the temperature at night is much cooler
than the temperature during the day. The
reason that the temperature stays the same
year round is that the lands near the
equator receive the direct rays of the sun.
A Rainforest Day
Tropical rainforests have days which are
evenly divided between light and darkness.
This is because the tropics belt receives
direct rays from the sun. Therefore, a rainforest
day has 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours
of darkness. There are several characteristics
that make an area considered to be a rainforest.
They are found in the tropics belt and receive
more than 60 inches of rain a year. Rainforests
have temperatures that remain between 70-80
degrees year around. They have days
that are evenly divided between sunlight
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