Jungle vs. Rainforest

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Jungle and Rainforest is that the Jungle is a an impassable dense forest (typically tropical) and Rainforest is a type of forest with high rainfall.

  • Jungle

    A jungle is land covered with dense vegetation dominated by trees. Application of the term has varied greatly during the past recent centuries. Before the 1970s, tropical rainforests were generally referred to as jungles but this terminology has fallen out of usage. Jungles in Western literature can represent a less civilised or unruly space outside the control of civilisation, attributed to the jungle’s association in colonial discourse with places colonised by Europeans.

  • Rainforest

    Rainforests are forests characterized by high rainfall, with annual rainfall in the case of tropical rainforests between 250 and 450 centimetres (98 and 177 in), and definitions varying by region for temperate rainforests. The monsoon trough, alternatively known as the intertropical convergence zone, plays a significant role in creating the climatic conditions necessary for the Earth’s tropical rainforests.

    Around 40% to 75% of all biotic species are indigenous to the rainforests. There may be many millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests. Tropical rainforests have been called the “jewels of the Earth” and the “world’s largest pharmacy”, because over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there. Rainforests are also responsible for 28% of the world’s oxygen turnover, sometimes misnamed oxygen production, processing it through photosynthesis from carbon dioxide and consuming it through respiration.

    The undergrowth in some areas of a rainforest can be restricted by poor penetration of sunlight to ground level. If the leaf canopy is destroyed or thinned, the ground beneath is soon colonized by a dense, tangled growth of vines, shrubs and small trees, called a jungle. The term jungle is also sometimes applied to tropical rainforests generally.

    Rainforests as well as endemic rainforest species are rapidly disappearing due to deforestation, the resulting habitat loss and pollution of the atmosphere.

  • Jungle (noun)

    A large, undeveloped, humid forest, especially in a tropical region, that is home to many wild plants and animals.

  • Jungle (noun)

    A place where people behave ruthlessly, unconstrained by law or morality.

    “It’s a jungle out there.”

  • Jungle (noun)

    An area where hobos camp together.

  • Jungle (noun)

    A style of electronic music related to drum and bass.

  • Jungle (noun)

    A migrant camp.

  • Jungle (noun)

    a desert region

  • Jungle (noun)

    a hairy vulva

  • Rainforest (noun)

    A forest in a climate with high annual rainfall and no dry season.


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