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Wet and Dry

These great hornbills live in a rainforest in Thailand. ARUN ROISRI—GETTY IMAGES

There is a big difference between a rainforest and a desert. Water! Water makes a rainforest wet and green. But a desert gets very little water. That is why it is dry. Read on to compare these two habitats habitat pw habitat WOLFGANG KAEHLER/LIGHTROCKET—GETTY IMAGES the place where a plant or animal normally lives (noun) The emperor penguin's natural habitat is in Antarctica. .

The Rainforest

This jaguar lives in the Amazon rainforest, in South America.

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Rainforests are full of big trees. Some are 200 feet tall. Their branches and leaves form a canopy canopy pw canopy MARK NEWMAN—GETTY IMAGES the highest layer of branches in a forest (noun) Sloths live in the rainforest canopy. overhead. Many animals live in the rainforest. Most of them live in the canopy. Thick clouds gather above a rainforest. They make it humid humid pw humid ONZEG—GETTY IMAGES containing a lot of moisture (adjective) After a shower, the air in the bahtroom is humid. . Rain is common.

The Desert

A cactus wren sits on a cactus in a desert in North America.

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Deserts do not get much rain. They are hot and dry. But they are home to many living things. Cactuses are plants that grow in the desert. They soak up water when it rains. They store water until the next rainfall. Many desert animals come out only at night. The air is cooler then.

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