8 Amazing Rainforests of The World

Rainforests are the richest, oldest, most diverse, and most priceless regions of the world – over half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in tropical rainforests, and the Amazon rainforest alone produces more than 20% of the earth’s oxygen. Rainforests are some of the world’s most pristine and important environments on Earth.

Check out these gems of the natural world called “rainforest“.

1. Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan
A magnificent Bamboo forest in the district of Arashiyama, west to Kyoto, Japan.

Image source: Flickr - Alex Chen
Image source: Flickr – Alex Chen

 

2. Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Yasuni National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Yasuní) is in Ecuador with an area of 9,820 km2 between the Napo and Curaray rivers in Napo and Pastaza provinces in Amazonian Ecuador. The national park lies within the Napo moist forests ecoregion and is primarily rain forest. The park is about 250 km from Quito and was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1989. It is within the claimed ancestral territory of the Huaorani indigenous people. Yasuni is home to two uncontacted indigenous tribes, the Tagaeri and the Taromenane.

Image source: Flickr - Buster&Bubby
Image source: Flickr – Buster&Bubby

 

3. Black Forest, Germany
Schwarzwald or “Black Forest” is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south. The name “Black Forest” was given by the Romans who referred to the forest blocking out most of the sunlight from getting inside the forest by the dense growth of conifers.

Image source: Flickr - Carlo Scherer
Image source: Flickr – Carlo Scherer

 

4. The Congo Basin Forest
This forest serves as the second largest rainforest in the world. It covers a total of six countries including Cameroon, Central Africa, Democratic Republic and Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. This rainforest stands for 70% of the entire continent vegetation and in consists of approximately 600 various species of trees and about 10,000 different types of animals. This rainforest was endangered from deforestation in the continent as its trees are being cut down to be used for commercial and industrial establishments. It was cleared for farming purposes too. After the civil war in the region, people living in it have been forced to encroach and live inside the rainforest.

Image source: Flickr - Corinne Staley
Image source: Flickr – Corinne Staley

 

5. The Mau Forest, Kenya
Mau Forest is a forest complex in the Rift Valley of Kenya. It is the largest indigenous montane forest in East Africa. The forest area has some of the highest rainfall rates in Kenya.

Image source: BBC News
Image source: BBC News

 

6. The Kelp Forests, Australia
The kelp forest in Australia had large sources of sea weeds. Some of these weeds grow for about 80 meters in total length. However, based on the recent reports, the total original land area of Kelp Forests had been declining and only 5% of its original size remains. This rainforest is very essential habitat for marine creatures. The main products from Kelp are being manufactured to thicken the foods like ice cream and jelly. Natural disaster such as El Nino is one of the major causes why the Kelp Forest had been heavily destructed. The increase in the sea water temperatures and decrease of dissolved levels of nutrients is the ultimate outcome of this scenario.

Image source: milastman.com
Image source: milastman.com

 

7. The Malaysia’s Rainforest, Malaysia
Being the top of the best and beautiful tropical rain forest in the world, the Malaysia’s rainforest is the world’s most biodiversity forest. However, the forest also suffered from human destruction. There were studies that had been investigated that by the year 2020 the Malaysia’s rainforests will be extinct.

Image source: Flickr - Hagens_world
Image source: Flickr – Hagens_world

 

8. Olympic National Forest, Washington United States
Inside the Olympic National Park, located the Olympic National Forest. It’s a temperate rainforest and one of the largest, if not the largest, temperate rainforests in the world. It is also the wettest place in the continental United States.

Image source: Flickr - tai viinikka
Image source: Flickr – tai viinikka

 

 

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