AMAZON FACTS – Here Are Some Significant Facts About Amazon Rainforest

Here are some Amazon facts which you probably don’t know yet.

AMAZON FACTS – Here are some of the most significant facts about the Amazon rainforest which you probably don’t know yet.

The world’s largest rainforest can be found across nine Latin American countries and if considered as a country, it would be the ninth largest country in the world (if ever). The biggest portion of it is within Brazil stretching into Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. This is so big that United Kingdom and Ireland would fit into it 17 times! Amazon measures 2.5 million square miles.

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And now, here are some facts about the Amazon rainforest and other rainforest which will give us more reason to preserve it and take care of it. See below:

  • This houses around 40,000 plant species1,300 bird species3,000 types of fish430 mammals and a whopping 2.5 million different insects. Also, it is a home for hundreds of indigenous tribes to which some of these groups haven’t had any contact yet with the outside world.
  • Amazon is the Earth’s lungs producing 20% of the world’s oxygen and its rich vegetation takes up carbon dioxide from the air and releases oxygen, the air we breath.
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  • The name Amazon was coined by Spanish explorer Francisco Orellana after witnessing women attacking them with other men. These women are called theIcamiabas, or ‘women without husbands’ and the explorer compared them to Greek mythology characters “Amazons”.
  • This rainforest alone gives off 55 million gallons of water to the Atlantic ocean every second.
  • There 3,000 varieties of fruits in the Amazon and only 200 of it are being consumed in the western world. And more than 80% of the foods we eat now originated from there.
  • There are at least 750 types of trees and 1,500 types of plants in every one hectare (2.47 acres) of the rainforest according to Rainforest Cruises.


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