Let us start by saying that this list of Amazon Rainforest characteristics facts will focus primarily on its characteristics. Hence, if you have been eying for just random facts about the forest, you are out of luck. We are focusing on the characteristics of the forest first because it has been requested by one of our users and as a rule, any request that comes in gets priority over our own list of topics. So, let us take a look at the list of Amazon Rainforest characteristics facts and try to understand what really happens in that forest.
Amazon Rainforest Characteristics Facts: 1-5 | Type of Forest and Climate
1. We know that [highlight]Amazon Rainforest is a rainforest[/highlight]. What [highlight]we don’t usually say is that it is a Tropical Rainforest[/highlight]. A tropical rainforest is that rainforest which sits within 10 to 12 degrees North or South of Earth’s equator.
2. Because this forest is a tropical rainforest, it is, what is known as the ‘tropical climate’. This type of climate is often called as ‘equatorial climate’. So, if someone says that Amazon Rainforest has an equatorial climate, don’t be surprised. It is the same thing as saying ‘Amazon Rainforest has a tropical climate’.
3. One of the most profound implications of being a tropical rainforest is that [highlight]Amazon Rainforest doesn’t have well-defined Winter or Summer[/highlight]. The average temperature difference between the two is around 2°C.
4. While the [highlight]average temperature difference between Winter and Summer in Amazon Rainforest is merely 2°C[/highlight], the average [highlight]temperature difference between Day and Night is more and usually ranges between 2°C and 5°C[/highlight].
5. People have a notion that it is very hot inside the Amazon Rainforest. This is not true. The [highlight]average temperature of the forest barely crosses 33°C[/highlight].
Amazon Rainforest Characteristic Facts: 6-10 | Climate
6. What really causes trouble inside the forest is the humidity. The humidity is extremely high and those who are not accustomed to that kind of humidity will feel suffocated and will think that there isn’t enough air. [highlight]The average humidity is 85%[/highlight]. During day, the humidity is 80% but at night, it can be as high as 95%.
7. [highlight]Amazon Rainforest has no such thing called Dry Season[/highlight]. It rains throughout the year. What is [highlight]more accurate to say is that there is ‘Rainy Season’ and then, there is ‘Not-So-Rainy season’[/highlight].
8. During the rainy season, the [highlight]Amazon Rainforest gets an average of 60 inches to 180 inches of rainfall[/highlight]. During the not-so-rainy seasons, the average rainfall is between 30 inches and 100 inches. There can be regions where rainfall can reach as high as 260 inches.
9. During the rainy seasons, the water level increases significantly. The rise in water level is about 23 feet during the rainy season. The rainforest gets flooded and navigation becomes easy as new shortcuts open up.
10. During the not-so-rainy season, the water level recedes, making it difficult to navigate. However, the forest makes it up by giving countless opportunities to enjoy the extremely rich wildlife.
Experts say that the best time for visiting Amazon Rainforest is between the months of March and June because this is the transition period when water levels are reasonably high, making navigation easy and at the same time, water level is low enough to give extraordinary views of the rich wildlife.