Why are rainforests found near the equator?


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The temperatures around the equator are always high, which causes a fast evaporation of water and results in frequent rain and a tropical climate. Rainforests are also located in temperate areas along the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada and in New Zealand, Ireland, Norway and Scotland.

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Why are rainforests found near the equator?
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Tropical rainforests around the equator make up only 6 percent of the surface of the Earth, and the largest one is located along the Amazon River Basin. There are two seasons in the rainforests located along the equator: the wet season and the dry season. The equator is an imaginary line that runs along the center of the Earth in a belt-like shape that is often referred to as the tropics.

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