The central african rainforest is home to some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife, including gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants the planet’s second largest tropical rainforest ecosystem, it also plays an important role in slowing down global climate change because the forest actually absorbs greenhouses gases, which keeps. Congo rainforest is one of the tropical ecosystems that have high primary production therefore, it has a profound ability to support diverse organisms from secondary producers to decomposers or scavengers. Rainforests exist all over the world, like in south america, australia, and new zealand, but the rainforest that this blog will discus is located in “the heart of africa,” known as the congo basin. The congo rainforest is a source of food and water for millions of people it's also home to 600 types of trees and 10,000 animal species, many of which are endangered. It’s here that two researchers are working on separate projects to try to better understand how the congo rainforest, second in size only to the amazon, will respond to climate change — and in turn, impact climate change through possible changes to the forest’s ability to store carbon.
The congo rainforest is high in humidity with averages from 80 to 90 percent the temperature remains relatively stable year round with averages from 68 to 80 f the congo rainforest is very wet for most of the year there are two primary seasons in the congo rainforest the first season is composed. The congo rainforest is one of the world's most threatened ecosystems logging and agriculture, has destroyed parts of the rainforests, and displaced forest dwellers since the 1980s, africa has had the highest deforestation rates of any region on the globe. The congo basin rainforest is among the most threatened ecosystems in the world deforestation is a major problem in the congo basin and it is ongoing despite efforts over the years to address it and some other threats to the basin.
The fragile ecosystem of the congo rain forest by: dr michael marx nmd, ph-d the congo’s rainforest is the world’s second largest rainforest, behind the amazon, covering a vast area across central africa through cameroon, equatorial guinea, gabon, the central african republic, the democratic republic of congo and the republic of congo and. Congo rainforest the congo rainforest is the second largest in the world and covers a total area of 1,780,000 km2 it is found in central africa and also has one of the longest rivers running from within it. The congo rainforest: the congo rainforest is the world's second largest rainforest after the amazon six countries -- cameroon, the central african republic, the republic of congo, the democratic republic of congo (drc), equatorial guinea and gabon -- share the 15 million square mile congo basin. The trophic levels in rain forests by alison datko updated april 24, 2017 within every ecosystem there is a food web, a term that refers to the natural system in which organisms feed on each other in order to survive. Congo rainforest edit 0 5 what interesting facts did you learn about your ecosystem abiotic characteristics the congo river is also known as zaire river this river is located in africa and is the deepest river in the world and second largest river in the world by its volume and water discharge it measures depths in excess of 240 m (750.
Rainforest action network preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns. Congo has the world's second largest rainforest (18% of the planet's remaining tropical rainforest) the congo basin represents 70% of the african continent's plant cover and makes up a large. The congo basin is the sedimentary basin of the congo river the congo basin is located in central africa , in a region known as west equatorial africa the congo basin region is sometimes known simply as the congo. Human impact on the ecosystem human logging, resource extraction, and civil strife have had a deleterious effect on the congo rainforest ecosystem for decades now, commercial logging has threatened the stability of plant life and wildlife alike.
The vast forest of the congo basin is the second largest tropical rainforest on earth and the lungs of africa its incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem provides food, fresh water, shelter and medicine for tens of millions of people, and is home to many critically endangered species including forest elephants, gorillas, bonobos and okapis. Africa, in common with the rest of our planet, has been divided up into various biomes or ecosystems, each supporting unique avifauna and communities of other living organisms these biomes or ecosystems are mostly a result of three factors – latitude, humidity and elevation i plan to eventually. Kids learn about the tropical rainforest biome this diverse ecosystem produces much of the earth's biodiversity one of the most fascinating biomes on planet earth is the tropical rainforest it is filled with tall trees the major tropical rainforest in africa is in the southern central portion of the continent with the congo river.
The congo basin makes up one of the most important wilderness areas left on earth at 500 million acres, it is larger than the state of alaska and stands as the world’s second-largest tropical forest a mosaic of rivers, forests, savannas, swamps and flooded forests, the congo basin is teeming. A general profile compared to other forests on other continents, most forests of the congo river basin are relatively dry, receiving ‘only’ between 1,500 mm and 1,800 mm of rainfall per year 1 there are some exceptions, such as the coastal atlantic forests and the forest along the mountains to the east of the congo river basin, which receive more rainfall. The forests of the congo basin in africa are regarded as the world's second most important rainforest ecosystem after the amazon. Congo basin, basin of the congo river, lying astride the equator in west-central africa it is the world’s second largest river basin (next to that of the amazon ), comprising an area of more than 13 million square miles (34 million square km.
The congo basin covers an area of about 500 million acres and is home to the world’s second largest tropical rain forest it “spans across six countries—cameroon, central african republic, democratic republic of the congo, republic of the congo, equatorial guinea and gabon” (1. Rainforest of the congo basin share many characteristics with the amazon rainforest and other tropical forests worldwide: high diversity, dense vegetation, and multiple layers of forest structure the forest canopy is usually about 30 meters tall, with emergent trees such as the great maobi reaching up to 50-60 meters. The rainforests are the great green heart of africa, and present a unique combination of ecological, climatic and human interactions in this synthesis paper, we review the past and present state processes of change in african rainforests, and explore the challenges and opportunities for maintaining.
The congo rainforest is known for its high levels of biodiversity, including more than 600 tree species and 10,000 animal species some of its most famous residents include forest elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, okapi, leopards, hippos, and lions. The climate of the congo rainforest is hot and humid the locationof the congo ensures that the area will be hot, and the largeamount of rain that is receives keeps everything humid all year. Crossing into the democratic republic of congo (drc), montane forests slowly give way to lowland forests, then open clearing, broken by the sight of the congo river as it makes its way towards the coast.