The Neotropical Rainforest
Rain forests occur in regions of the world where over 100 inches (2500 mm) of rain falls annually. Two distinct classes of rain forests exist: Temperate and tropical. The tropical rainforest the most diverse ecosystem on Earth, with an estimated 70% of the Earth's species.
"Neo" tropical rainforests are those found in the New World. Ranging from Mexico to Bolivia and Brazil, the Neotropical rainforest is found where temperature and precipitation create conditions for rapid plant growth (water and warmth) and long growing seasons (no extended dry or cold periods).
Great resources exist for those who want to study the Neotropical Rainforest. The best is a book by Dr. John Kricher, A Neotropical Companion. If you are interested in protecting the rainforest, you should read Dr. John Vandermeer and Dr. Ivette Perfecto's book, Breakfast of Biodiversity.
A Neotropical Companion, by John Kricher. The second edition is much updated.
Breakfast of Biodiversity, by John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto.