Where are rainforests?

Rainforests are found on every continent except Antarctica.

There are two types of rainforests: tropical and temperate.

Rainforest Map of the World. Source: MT & PK Productions

Tropical rainforests are found close to the equator where temperatures and rainfall are very high all year round. The major areas of tropical rainforests are in Asia and the Pacific Islands, West and Central Africa and South and Central America.

Temperate rainforests are found along coasts in the temperate zone. The largest temperate rainforests are found on North America’s Pacific Coast and stretch from Northern California up into Canada. Temperate rainforests have one long wet  season in the winter and spring and a dry foggy summer.

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