Cool Facts About the Amazon Rainforest

by Leah Feor July 29, 2016 1 Comment

Amazon River One Tree PlantedThe Amazon Rainforest is possibly one of the most fascinating places on Earth. If you've seen images or footage of the area, it's easy to captivated by its size and unique ecosystem.  Home to a large variety of plants, animals, and trees - this rainforest has so many interesting features.  

The Amazon is referred to as the "Lungs of the Earth", and with good reason.  More than 20% of the world's oxygen is produced here.  

To give you an idea of how astonishing that percentage is, take a look at these numbers:

  • The Earth has a surface area of 196.9 million square miles.
  • The Amazon Rainforest covers 3.4 million square miles - this is less than 2% of the Earth's surface, yet this space produces more than 10 times that amounts worth of the world's oxygen!

Located in South America, the Amazon Rainforest spans across 9 countries in total: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.

It is the world's largest tropical rainforest, and home to approximately 40,000 plant species and 1,300 bird species.  You will find so many interesting and diverse creatures lurking the forest floor, or moving from tree to tree.  

While there may be some animals within the Amazon that are gentle and friendly, there are definitely a few that you want to keep your distance from.  What would you do if you saw an electric eels, flesh eating piranhas, or jaguar?  I think I'd quietly and quickly run in the other direction.

Another fascinating feature of this amazing rainforest is the size of the river that flows through it.  It covers approximately 2,000 miles - that's about the distance between Shelburne, Vermont, and Houston, Texas.

Cool Facts about the Amazon Rainforest


While all of these facts and figures are fascinating, there is another side to this forest.  Unfortunately, we are at risk of losing this precious place due to deforestation. This is often attributed to by cattle ranching occurring in Brazil, a country that contains 67% of the Amazon.  

Did you know that in the past 40 years, the Amazon has suffered a loss of approximately 20% of its size due to trees being cut down?

One Tree Planted is dedicated to working with Reforestation Partners in this region, and we invite you to check out this interactive site to find out a little bit more about the Amazon, and how deforestation is affecting it.  

Individuals can act on climate change in so many different ways.  One of the many is through awareness. The better we get to know the Earth, and all of it's wonders, the more we will work together to help make the shift from deforestation to conservation and reforestation.  

What do you find most fascinating about the Amazon? Comment below or connect with us on social media!

Leah Feor
Leah Feor


1 Response


January 20, 2017

Lungs of the earth? That is a myth and scientifically incorrect.

If we talk in quantities, more than half of oxygen produced in earth is originated by Algae. Forests help in ~30%, accordingly some estimates. If you read this webpage, with a simple overview, it can help you a little bit to understand better about this:


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