When first developing the Forbidden Jungle building card set for Kardtects, we asked ourselves the question ‘what is the difference between a Jungle and a Rainforest?’ Is there a difference? We were curious to learn this background.
The definitions for both a Jungle and Rainforest are as follows:
Jungle: An area of land overgrown with thick, impenetrable, dense vegetation, almost always within a Rainforest.
Rainforest: A tropical woodland with a thick, impenetrable, dense overhead canopy, which receives an annual rainfall of over 100 inches.
So the main difference is the vegetation growing on the ground. The canopy, made from the trees of the rainforest, is so thick that it’s very difficult for light to reach the ground. Matter of fact, only 2% of the light is thought to get through a thriving canopy. Because of this, the vines, tangled thickets, and mass undergrowth, which are prominent in the Jungle, cannot grow. However, if the canopy is thinned, destroyed, or disturbed in some way, then light would be able to reach the lower levels of the rainforest, and a Jungle would soon start growing!
From these definitions then, it can be said that Jungles are usually rainforests, but rainforests aren’t always Jungles.
We also learned some other interesting facts on Jungles during our search for the difference between a jungle/rainforest.
Some of which are:
- Over half of the world’s species of plants AND animals are found in the rainforests/jungles. Consider this with the fact jungles and rainforests cover less than 10% of the earth, and so this becomes even more interesting.
- Gorillas, who are one of the animals living in a Jungle, are great weavers. Now they aren’t making baskets, but nests to sleep in! How cool is this? About a half hour before nightfall, Gorillas move from roaming on the ground to build nests in trees. They select various branches and ‘weave’ them together to create a base to sleep on. They definitely don’t want to wake up on the wrong side of the bed!
- It is believed there are millions of species (of plant and animals) left undiscovered in the Jungle. And the discovery of many of these plant organisms might hold cures for today’s deadly diseases.
- The leopard, another animal of the Jungle, is one of the stealthiest hunters. They have been known to steal a human for food from his bed without anyone else in the same house or room hearing it. Yikes. Keep the windows and doors shut!
The various jungle huts being built by Kardtects are great fun to see! Living in a Jungle might be a dangerous place, but the Kardtects jungle homes and tree forts are amazing.
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