- from Rain Forests
What covers less than 10 percent of the Earth’s land yet contains about 50 percent of all its animal, insect, and plant species? What has trees 150 feet high, snakes 20 feet long, and insects as big as your fist? What is hot, humid, and receives over a hundred inches of rain every year? Any ideas? It’s a tropical rain forest.
Tropical rain forests are home to some of the world’s greatest treasures: countless species of plants and animals, oil, rubber, precious metals, and much, much more. Many of these riches already benefit us humans. They contribute to medicines, foods, and industrial products. Many other useful resources have yet to be discovered.
The world’s tropical rain forests are beautiful and mysterious. So slip into your raincoat and rain boots—we’re off for a tour of the world’s biggest gardens.