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Amazon Rainforest Facts

Fun Facts About the Amazon Rainforest

The 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.

To start, check out our Amazon reforestation video!

9 Amazon Rainforest Fun Facts

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1. LUNGS OF THE EARTH

The Amazon Rainforest is responsible for producing  than 20% of the world's oxygen, which is why it is many times referred to as "Lungs of the Earth".

While it covers only 3.4 million square miles - less than 2% of the Earth's surface - the Amazon produces more than 10 times that amounts worth of the world's oxygen!

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2. spans across 9 countries

Located in South America and accounting for just over half of the tropics' primary forests, the Amazon Rainforest spans across 9 countries.

The Amazon forest includes Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French Guiana.

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3. World's Largest Rainforest 

How big is the Amazon rainforest? Covering an area of approximately 2.3 million square miles ( 6 million square kilometers), the Amazon Rainforest is the world's largest tropical rainforest

The Amazon is larger than the next two rainforests (the Congo Basin and the tropical areas of Indonesia.
As of 2020, the Amazon had 526 million hectares of primary forest. 

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4. AMAZON RIVER IS THE LARGEST BY VOLUME

The Amazon River is the world's largest river by discharge, at an average discharge rate of about 209,000 cubic meters per second - representing approximately 20% of global riverine discharge to the ocean.

The river covers about 2,000 miles, which would be the distance between Shelburne, Vermont, and Houston, Texas

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5. rich ecosystem

The Amazon is one of the world's richest and most-varied ecosystems,

Home to over 40,000 plant species, 3,000 fish species, 1,300 bird species, 430 mammals and an amazing 2.5 million different insect species!

It's safe to say you will find so many interesting and diverse creatures lurking the forest floor, or moving from tree to tree.  

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6. HOME TO Deadly CreaTures

While many of the animals within the Amazon are gentle and friendly, there are definitely a few that you would want to keep your distance from, such as venomous snakes, poisonous frogs, jaguars  and flesh-eating piranhas!

What would you do if you came across any of these fascinating, but deadly, creatures?

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7. DARK forest floor

Due to the trees' thick canopies (top branches and tree leaves), many parts of the forest have an almost black forest floor, as only 1% of sunlight can actually make it through.

The canopies are so thick that when it rains it can take 10 minutes until the water reaches the soil. 


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8. INDIGENOUS tribes

In addition to being home to thousands of different tree and animal species, the Amazon Rainforest is also inhabited by 400-500 indigenous tribes.

It is estimated that over 50 of these tribes have never had contact with the outside world, showing that there are still parts of the Amazon that remain untouched.

 

Amazon Deforestation from cattle

9. DEFORESTATION


Over the past 40 years, 20% of the Amazon Rainforest has already been cut down and it is estimated that if deforestation continues at this rate, there might not be much left in the next 40 years.

Deforestation in the Amazon is often attributed to by cattle ranching occurring in Brazil, a country that contains 67% of the Amazon. 

While all of these facts and figures are fascinating, we've seen that, unfortunately, we're at risk of losing the Amazon due to deforestation. This is why it is extremely important that we take action in order to preserve this amazing forest and all that it has to offer.

One Tree Planted is working to support reforestation in the Amazon and you can help by planting trees in the Amazon Rainforest.

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Amazon Rainforest

Home to almost 30% of plant & animal species on Earth, the Amazon River Basin is a vast region with 1.9 billion acres of rainforest and over 1,100 tributaries. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Protect & restore primary forests to stabilize the climate
  • Conserve habitat for the Amazon Rainforest's iconic wildlife species
  • Provide sustainable livelihoods to local people through agroforestry
  • With the world's largest rainforest ecosystem, the Amazon Rainforest spans 9 countries and is home to iconic species like the Jaguar, Macaw, Amazon River Dolphin, Black Spider Monkey, and Poison Dart Frog. By holding an estimated 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, its forests play a critical role in the fight against climate change. Unfortunately, due to logging, unsustainable agriculture, and forest fires, it's also a high risk zone for deforestation and degradation.
  • This tree planting project will help protect the Amazon's biodiverse primary forests and restore degraded land. Our partners will work with local farmers to establish sustainable agroforestry using shade-grown cocoa, native tree species, and productive timber species. They will also provide training and technical assistance for participants in the sustainable agroforestry model.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates on our Amazon project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will determine the most appropriate species of tree to plant.

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