The tropical rainforest of Cairns in the Daintree national park is near the equator which means it usually gets a lot of sunshine and rain. There are rainforests almost everywhere. There are rainforests in Queensland, south East Asia, South America, Africa, Island of Sumatra, Papua New Guinea, Central America and many more around the world. The largest rainforest is the Amazon which is in South America.
The tropical rainforest gets a lot of sun and rain. It is very humid, hot and wet. This is because it is on the equator. The equator is an imaginary line that cuts the world in half.
The tropical rainforest has trees, yep lots of trees. There are five layers of the tropical rainforest the emergent layer, the canopy, the understory, the shrub layer and the herb layer.
The emergent layer is made up of the tallest trees reaching up to 45 meters tall allowing some sunlight to reach the lower layer.
The canopy is the second highest layer of the rainforest. The canopy trees fold over each other allowing the trees bellow them to survive.
The understory is made up of smaller trees such as palms. These trees get less sunlight then the higher layers.
The shrub layer is made up of shrubs and small trees it is not as thick as the higher layers because it doesn’t get as much sunlight.
The herb layer has plants such as ferns, grasses, mosses and small flowering plants. These plants do not need as much sunlight to grow.
Living Things (the Cassowary):
The cassowary or its Latin name (Cassuarius Cassuarius) is a large bird that lives in this biome. It is an omnivore. An omnivore is a creature that eats both meat and plants. The cassowary eats fruits, fungi, insects, frogs and snakes.
The cassowary eats snakes the snakes eat birds and the birds eat insects.
Non Living Things:
Non-living things all connect with living things. See, water connects with nearly all animals (except for one which I know of the kookaburra.) So water all connects with animals because they drink that water you see so everything even non-living things all interconnect.
The tropical rainforest is near the equator. It is hot and humid. There are rainforests all around the world.
Margaret Roc & Kath Hawke, 1998, Macmillan, Australia
http://enchantedlearning.com , Tropical rainforest, 19/6/2014, the day I searched it
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