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Spanish: Los Bosques Tropicales
1 The tropical rainforest is the liveliest ecosystem on earth! Trees there have leaves so densely packed that they look like a large, green blanket in mid-air. Sunlight can hardly penetrate through the blanket of leaves, making the ground very shady. Weather there is hot and humid all year round. The average temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The average monthly rainfall is more than four inches. A warm climate and plentiful rains create a perfect environment for plants and animals to thrive. At least fifty percent of all the plant and animal species in the world are in the rainforest.
2 So, where can we find tropical rainforests? Rainforests are near the equator. Regions in Asia, Africa, Australia, Central America, and South America all have the equator nearby. Thus, we can find rainforests there. The Amazon of South America is the world's largest rainforest, and it covers an area of more than 1.5 million square miles. In fact, the Amazon is so large that its size is about half of all the other rainforests combined.
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