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Old 01-01-2020, 12:20 PM
 
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On a curious note, many countries and regions with tropical climates "above 18 C" dont have tropical biomes or lifezones "above 24 C" After reading the us forestal service and other countries official pages I found that for example Hawaii and almost all the islands on the caribbean "dominican republic, haiti, cuba, puerto rico, virgin island etc" dont have tropical but subtropical lifezones
on the other hand on the true tropical biomes, the most common on the amazon, central american or choco jungles is tropical moist forest, followed by tropical wet forest. in the american continent the tropical rain forest "above 24 C and more than 8000 mm of rain" only can be found on a small area in the choco jungle of the pacific coast of Colombia

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Old 01-02-2020, 02:30 PM
 
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USA definitely ranks in the top 3.. India and China are the main contenders. But there are some landscapes in India that you can't find anywhere in the US especially when it comes to tropical rain forests.

When it comes to biodiversity India mops the floor with US.. India is the only country in the world where you can still find elephants, tigers, king cobras and lions in the wild(before you say Africa, Africa does't have any wild tigers).
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Old 01-02-2020, 02:43 PM
 
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USA definitely ranks in the top 3.. India and China are the main contenders. But there are some landscapes in India that you can't find anywhere in the US especially when it comes to tropical rain forests.

When it comes to biodiversity India mops the floor with US.. India is the only country in the world where you can still find elephants, tigers, king cobras and lions in the wild(before you say Africa, Africa does't have any wild tigers).
Strictly speaking, India does not have rain forests. It only has monsoon forests. In other words, plants that demand a lot of water all the time do not grow.

China still has wild elephants in the southwest, but with very small population. Siberian tigers can be found in northeast China. Tigers in south China have not been found in recent years.
There is no wild lion in China, but there are snow leopards, and pandas...
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Old 01-02-2020, 03:24 PM
 
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Strictly speaking, India does not have rain forests. It only has monsoon forests. In other words, plants that demand a lot of water all the time do not grow.

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This is incorrect. Most of the western ghats of India are rain forests. Half of the entire state of Kerala is a rain forest and the region is very pretty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Ghats

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malabar_rainforests




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Old 01-02-2020, 03:32 PM
 
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This is incorrect. Most of the western ghats of India are rain forests. Half of the entire state of Kerala is a rain forest and the region is very pretty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Ghats

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malabar_rainforests



This is wrong. India does not have the tropical rainforest climate. All of India has at least two seasons.
This is the climate of Panaji, in the west part of India. Note the precipitation pattern.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panaji#Climate

A typical ranforest climate has no extreme seasonal variations. For example, Singapore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore#Climate

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Old 01-02-2020, 05:04 PM
 
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Climatically India does not have an AF rainforest. On biomes however it does have almost the full range of tropical biomes "Tropical desert, tropical desert scrub, tropical thorn woodland, tropical very dry forest, tropical dry forest, tropical moist forest, tropical wet forest" it only lacks tropical rain forest. The same happens on the subtropical biomes as it only lacks subtropical rain foresthttp://www.researchgate.net/figure/A...fig3_277395831
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Old 01-02-2020, 05:32 PM
 
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India does have a Tropical Rainforest climate (Af)

Here is one example

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagercoil#Climate
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Old 01-02-2020, 06:07 PM
 
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When it comes to biodiversity India mops the floor with US.. India is the only country in the world where you can still find elephants, tigers, king cobras and lions in the wild(before you say Africa, Africa does't have any wild tigers).

What is the relevance of this particular combination of species? Australia is the only country where you can find kangaroos, koalas and platypuses… so what? Africa has no tigers, but it has hippos and giraffes. Brazil has none of them, yet it’s the most biodiverse country on Earth. If you want to stick to charismatic fauna / megafauna, then it’s a dispute among countries from Sub Saharan Africa.

Anyway, biodiversity has nothing to do geographic diversity. They have two whole different things. One hectare of Amazon rainforest and one hectare of Antarctic Plateau conform a single natural environment each, yet they are a universe apart in terms of biodiversity.
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:12 PM
 
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It seems to have every climate and landform you can think of- from the deserts of the southwest, the plains, forests, mountains, tundras in Alaska, tropical rain forests in Hawaii, etc. Even when you take out Alaska and Hawaii, it's still incredibly diverse. Southern Florida is tropical, then we have the snowy mountain tundras elsewhere.

I feel like the other countries that may give it a run for its money is Canada, China, and Australia. But Canada doesn't have anything tropical and I don't know a whole lot about the others.

What do you think?
I would add Russia to a diverse climate country
Some people don’t know but Russia has a subtropical part- not large, but it is there..
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Old 01-02-2020, 11:30 PM
 
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This is incorrect. Most of the western ghats of India are rain forests. Half of the entire state of Kerala is a rain forest and the region is very pretty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Ghats

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malabar_rainforests



Those are not rain forests nor are they exceptionally tropical.

This is a tropical rainforest:

Queensland rainforest stream by Ken O'Toole, on Flickr

CURTIS FALLS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. by david pagey Photography, on Flickr
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