A rainforest is characterized by how much annual rainfall it receives, which is between 1750-2000mm. The rain is what makes the forests so lush, providing unique habitats for all different kinds of animals. There are tropical rainforests that are located closer to the equator, and temperate rainforests that are in more temperate regions like the northwestern US. They are different forests, but still considered to be rainforests because of their annual rainfall.
Rain forests are called that because they get a lot of rain in a given year. The annual rainfall is at least 406 cm or 160in.
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