Forests are very useful for both humans and animals. Many animals have their stay in the forest. Both animals and humans depend on a forest, as they are the homes for animals and humans earn livelihood from forests. Forests are important for our survival, but also crucial for maintaining the average temperature of the planet and checking carbon dioxide levels which have been increasing to a disturbing level. Down below list of top 10 Largest Forests in the world by area is given.
1. Taiga Forest, North America, Asia Europe
Taiga Forest is referred to as Boreal Forest and is considered as the Largest Forest in the world. Additionally, it is not a forest rather it is a Biome. This forest covers the largest area of the Northern Russia and North America. It spread over 8.8 million sq. kilometers.
2. The Amazon Forest, South America
Though everyone thinks it is a world’s largest forests but surprisingly it the second largest forests after Taiga. It covers approx 5 million sq. kilometers. It is a home to many animals and about 20% of the earth’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon alone. World’s largest river, the Amazon River flows through this jungle.
3. The Congo Rainforest, Africa
The Congo Forest gets its name from the world’s longest river Congo River which is about 2,023,428 sq. kilometers. Congo Forest is among 2nd largest Tropical forest in the world. This forest is becoming, increasingly fragile ecosystem day by day because of the deforestation, commercial logging, and clearing off forests for agricultural purposes.
4. Valdivian Temperate Rainforest, South America
Valdivian forest shares large are in the Chile and extend small part of Argentina regarding 248,100 sq. kilometers; it’s also a part of Neotropiceco zone. Valdivian Temperate Rainforest gets its name after the city of Valdivia. This forest is temperate deciduous and mixed forests. This forest is one of the densest forests in the world.
5. Tongass Rainforest, North America
Tongass Rainforest is largest forest in the U.S.A. stretching up to a size of 68,062sq.kilometers, i.e. more than the size of Sri Lanka. It has been divided into 19 designated Wilderness Areas and it houses one of the rarest flora and endangered fauna. It’s one of the 10 Largest Forests in the world.
6. Sundarbans, Asia
Sundarbans are considered as the 6th largest forest in the world. It comprises of Bangladesh as well as little part of Indian State, West Bengal. It has been considered, the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This forest covers an area of 10000 km2. The Sundarbans is the habitat of the White Bengal Tiger, popular all over the world. Sundarbans Forest is the single block of the halophytic mangrove forest in the whole world.
7. Xishuangbanna Tropical Forest, Asia
The Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest is situated in the southern China of Asian Continent. This forest finds its existence in the Yunnan Province of China and also considered as one of the well-sustained tropical rainforests of the world. It covers the area over 2,402 sq kilometers.
8. Daintree Forest, Australia
Daintree forest is located in a north eastern part of Queensland in Australia. This forest is the oldest forest in the world over 135 million yrs. It covers 2600sq. kilometers area in Australia.
9. Kinabalu National Park, Asia
Kinabalu National Park has been the first park in Malaysia, it was established in 1964. This forest surrounds Borneo’s highest and world’s youngest non-volcanic mountain. It covers over 754sq. kilometers in area.
10. Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest, South America
Mindo Nambillo a cloud forest situated in South America continent. It is very dense forest, much moister and cooler than any tropical rainforest. It covers a huge area of nearby 192sq. kilometers and found in Ecuador region. This Forest is neighboring forest to the great Amazon Forest.