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Water in the Rainforest
Water in the Rainforest


Rainforest is at the heart of Earth’s Water Cycle.

Take a look below for some fascinating facts about rainforest and water.

Fresh Water

Fresh Water

A fifth of Earth’s freshwater is found in the Amazon rainforest1.

Rainfall

Rainfall

Tropical rainforests can have up to 400 inches of rain per year (the UK has less than 40!)2.

Water Vapour

Water Vapour

The Amazon rainforest releases 20 billion tonnes of moisture into the atmosphere every day3.

10 Minutes

10 Minutes

It can take a raindrop 10 minutes to fall through the dense rainforest canopy4.

125 Miles

125 Miles

Freshwater from the Amazon River flows a huge 125 miles out to sea before mixing with the salt water of the Atlantic. In the past, sailors could drink the freshwater out of the ocean before even catching sight of the South American continent5.

Evaporation and Transpiration

Evaporation and Transpiration

Tropical rainforests are so warm and moist that they create as much as 75% of their own rainfall through evaporation and transpiration6.

Agriculture

Agriculture

Less than 1% of Earth’s freshwater is accessible and a huge 70% of this is used for agriculture7.

A Single Tree

A Single Tree

The water that a single tree transpires daily has the cooling effect equivalent to two domestic air conditioners8.

Healthy Rainfall

Healthy Rainfall

More than 50% of precipitation that falls on rainforest is returned to the atmosphere through evapotranspiration – this regulates healthy rainfall around the planet9.

Cool Earth's Water

Cool Earth's Water

Cool Earth’s rainforest partnerships and their protected areas release 38 billion litres of water into the atmosphere every year10.

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  1. All That’s Interesting. 2014. 25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’Ve Never Heard. [online] Available at: <https://allthatsinteresting.com/rainforest-facts> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  2. Johnson, H., 2015. Rainforest. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: <https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/rain-forest/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  3. Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  4. Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  5. Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  6. Johnson, H., 2015. Rainforest. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: <https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/rain-forest/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  7. Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  8. Pearce, F., 2018. Rivers In The Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles. [online] Yale Environment 360. Available at: <https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-deforestation-affecting-global-water-cycles-climate-change> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  9. Johnson, H., 2015. Rainforest. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: <https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/rain-forest/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

  10. Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

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