Rainforests are found in the tropics, the region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, just above and below the Equator. In this tropic zone the sun is very strong and shines about the same amount of time every day all year long, keeping the climate warm and relatively stable.
Many countries have tropical forests. The countries with the largest areas of tropical forest are (in order):
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
|Papua New Guinea||31,920,894||123,247||674,321||2,604|
|Republic of Congo||20,860,126||80,541||293,053||1,131|
|Central African Republic||7,220,064||27,877||143,064||552|
This data is from Global Forest Watch 2019 using a 30 percent canopy cover definition for forest.
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