Facts about Amazon Rainforest1- Amazon Rainforest covers the area of more than 5.5 million square kilometers.2- Amazon rainforest gives around 80% of total food we eat.3- If amazon was country it would have ranked 9th largest country in the world.
4- The amazon transfers around 55 million gallons of water into the Atlantic Ocean every second.5- Amazon rainforest is the largest of all tropical forests of the world.6- 20% of the oxygen on our planet is produced by the humid Amazon tropical forests.7- Amazon is known as ‘lungs of the planet.’8- Amazon rainforest is more than 50 million years old.9- The size of the Amazon rainforest is nine times the size of the Texas.10- The largest fish in the world – Pirarucu, reaching impressive sizes (up to 2.
5 m in length) and having a record weight of 250 kg was caught in the basins of Amazon River.11- The Kapok tree is the tallest in the Amazon forest.12- There are numerous native tribes who live in Amazon forest; they have no contact with civilization.13- If there is three degree rise in temperature then it will destroy 75% of Amazon rainforest.
14- Amazon rainforest is located in territories of nine countries- Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.15- It is estimated that 2.5 million species of insects live in the Amazon basin.16- Brazil takes the largest share, around 60% of the rainforest.
17- There are about 3,000 varieties of fruits found in Amazon rainforest.18- Amazon Rainforest is home to more than 40,000 plant species. 19- Because of deforestation, all most 137 spices of plants, animals and insects become extinct every day.20- Henry Ford built a city in the Amazon rainforest to harvest rubber. But now it is ghost town21- There are no bridges over Amazon River.22- There is species of butterflies that drinks the tears of turtles.23- 20% of world’s birds live in Amazon Rainforest.
24- The soil of Amazon is not fertile enough, that’s why people living there have to move very often25- The Toucan bird is the largest creature in the Amazon.26- The floor of Rainforest is very dark, only 1% of sunlight reaches to the ground.27- In year 2005 and 2010 Amazon suffered drought, huge amount of vegetation was affected due to it. 28- There are 500 species of mammals and 300 species of reptiles.
29- There are approximate 250,000 Amazon natives. 30- Amazon tribes speak around 170 different languages.31- Amazon has many dangerous species of snakes, spiders and animals. 32- It takes 10 minutes to reach rain to the ground, because trees are so tightly packed.33- Amazon Rainforest receives 243 centimeters of rain ever year and 50% of is returned to atmosphere through evaporation.34- 1 in 10 of all the world’s plant and animal species are found in the Amazon Rainforest.35- According to scientists, every second about half a hectare of the rainforest disappears, because of the developing industry of neighboring countries.36- Recently, the species of blind underground ants found in the Amazon and it is considered a direct descendant of the very first species of ants.
37- One hectare of Amazon forest has more than 750 types of tree, and 1,500 types of plant.38- In the Amazon and its tributaries there are over 2 thousand different species of fish.39- From the point of view of the water flow, the Amazon River is more than the next 8 largest rivers of the planet combined. 40- The number of species of fish that live in this region exceeds the number of species of fish in whole Europe. 41- If deforestation will continue in same rate then we will lose Amazon rainforest in 40 years.
42- About 1/4 of medicine we have today is from Amazon and it is only from 1% of examined trees from there.43- From the Amazon River to the Atlantic, there is so much fresh water that almost 150 kilometers of salt water desalts the ocean.44- The structure of forest includes 4 layers, each of which has unique ecosystem with its inherent flora and fauna.45- Five centuries ago, in the Amazonian tropics, lived about 10 million Aborigines.46- Many plants of forest are known to have anti-cancerous properties.47- Amazon has such huge diversity that it is believed that ants on one bush are more than entire British Isles.48- On the territory of these forests there live such endangered species of animals and birds as the golden lion Tamarin, as well as the Hyacinth macaw (parrot).
49- In the waters of the Amazon, a fish called Arapaima weighs about 136 kilograms. It is covered with a sturdy relief scale, the multi-layered composite structure, which allows it to survive in environment of piranhas.50- There is a theory that the Amazon is actually a giant orchard left from a civilization that flourished in this area about 3,000 years ago. 51- The daily flow of the Amazon is equal to the water supply, which is enough to use the entire city of New York for 12 years.52- Most of the water in the Amazon is formed because of the annual snow melting in the Peruvian Andes.53- Many plants of forest grow to gigantic proportions. For example, tropical lilies on the water.
54- Martin Strel was the first man to swim the entire length of Amazon River. It took him 66 days to travel.55- Some species of ants of Amazon are known for raiding neighboring colonies and taking other ants into slavery. 56- Under the Amazon flows another river called Rio Hamza. It is of same length as Amazon but much wider than it.57- Once the Amazon started flowing into the Pacific Ocean, but then changed its direction in the opposite direction.58- In Amazon Forest, a microscopic fungus is found which can survive by eating plastic.59- On Amazon there is the largest river island in the world – Marajo.60- The rainforest is very humid and has a larger temperature difference between day and night than between seasons.