As the name itself suggests, a rainforest is characterized by the amount of rain it endures, which would have to be in the range of 1750-2000 mm. Rainforests exist only in either humid or hot weather conditions. They cover less than 10 percent of the planet, but are inhabited by more than half of different fauna and flora. As earlier mentioned, a forest contains only trees, but a rainforest houses species diversity, from rare plants to extinct animals.
The rainforest is further broken down into two regions; temperate rainforest and tropical rainforest.
Tropical rainforests are dominant near the equator, in tropical or humid areas, as in Southeast Asia and in the Pacific Region. Tropical types are characterized by the location of the ITCZ or the Inter-tropical convergence zone. Temperate rainforests are literally in temperate zones or hot areas, specifically, in North America and in East Asia.
Besides the differences between forest and rainforest, both also share another significant similarity as they play vital roles in maintaining good and healthy ecosystems. It is important to preserve and protect both from the extreme impact of calamities, global warming, and other elements that could potentially deplete and destroy the rainforest. The departments of forestry in all states, or nations, are concerned with mobilizing citizens to be environmentally aware of the means of protecting the natural structure of the environment, including the fauna and the flora that lives in it and the proper use of all renewable resources.