“Rainforests are forests characterized by high rainfall, with definitions setting minimum normal annual rainfall between 1750–2000 mm (68-78 inches). The monsoon trough, alternately known as the intertropical convergence zone, plays a significant role in creating Earth‘s tropical rain forests.”
It is not that the U.S. is too far away, it is lack of rainfall that makes it unable to have rainforests. The most commonly thought of rainforests are tropical ones (located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, but htese are not the only rainforests in the world. Rainforest means a certain amount of rain falls in the area, it doesn’t neccessarily have to be tropical.
From this picture, we can see that the southern portion of the United States is on the same latitude as some rainforests to the east, so I would say no, it is not necessarily too far away from the equator to have rainforests. There are, however, more factors that involve where a rainforest would be located, which perhaps is another question in itself.
Hope this helps!
There are rainforests in the United States – just not tropical rainforests. Temperate rainforests occupy many western mountain slopes in the Pacific Northwest, extending up to the Alaskan coast of the Gulf of Alaska.
No, it is not! Hawaii (the 50th state) has rainforests in places such as Haleakala in Maui, where the rain can be more than 120 inches per year. However, these rainforests are being threatened by species such as pigs, goats, and nonnative plants.
No, it’s not. Even as far north as Washington, there are temperate rainforests. I was just at one in the Seattle area, extremely beautiful.The tropic variety is the best known, but certainly not the only.
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