Amazon Rainforest


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                                                Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is a moist and broad-leafed forest. The Amazon Biome is spanned over 6.7 million km square that makes it virtually unrivaled in scale. It is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems and vegetation types. The Amazon basin is drained by the Amazon River. It is the second longest river after the Nile. It has approximately 1,100 tributaries and 17 of them are longer than 1,000 miles. This rainforest is estimated to have 16,000 tree species and 390 billion individual trees. Approximately 2/3c part is in Brazil.

Quick Facts: –

  • It is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. It covers more than 5.5 million square kilometers.
  • If Amazonia were a country, it would be the 9th largest in the world.
  • There are 2.5 million different insect species and 205 bird species in the world.
  • This rainforest is also referred to as the ‘Lungs of the Planet’ as it produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen.
  • A huge amount of vegetation was destroyed due to the droughts of 2005 and 2010.
  • There are approximately 3000 different species of edible fruits found in Amazon Rainforest.
  • The Amazon River is considered to be the life force of this rainforest.
  • The floor is in permanent darkness due to the thickness of canopy.
  • It is also home to a lot of fascinating but deadly creatures like electric eels, poison dart frogs etc.
  • This rainforest has existed for at least 55 million years.
  • It hot and humid all year round and in many parts, it rains nearly every day.