The Amazon is one of the true wonders of the natural world, but how much do you really know about it? Well, you’re about to find out thanks to these 14 interesting facts about the Amazon Rainforest…
- The Amazon is thought to be more than 55 million years old!
- But most of the plant life didn’t begin to flourish until after the most recent ice age.
- That means it didn’t exist in the time of the dinosaurs who died about 65 million years ago.
Waterfall in the Amazon Rainforest
- The rainforest occupies 2% of the world’s surface area.
- It does however produce 10 times more oxygen than a typical area of that size.
- The Amazon Jungle spans 9 countries – 67% in Brazil, 13% in Peru, and smaller areas of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname and Venezuela.
- It plays home to more than 1,300 species of birds.
- As well as 40,000 plant species.
- The Amazon River flows through the rainforest for more than 2,000 miles.
- Logging has reduced the size of the rainforest by 20% in just 40 years.
Amazon. Iquitos, Peru
- It is frequently burned down to make way for farming land which depletes the soil.
- A number of remote tribes live in the Amazon jungle who have rarely had contact with the outside world.
- The rainforest is comprised of distinct layers from the ground all the way up to the canopy.
- The canopy is so dense in places that it is pitch black at ground level during the day!
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