Amazon Rainforest Facts | Interesting Facts about Amazon: Amazon rainforest, also known as the Amazon Jungle is a moist broadleaf forest. Here are few interesting facts about the Amazon Rainforest.
Amazon Rainforest Facts:
- During the past 40 years, at least 20% of the Amazon has been cut down.
- The Amazon forest has been in existence for at least 55 million years.
- Sand from the Sahara is blown by the wind all the way to the Amazon, recharging its minerals. The desert fertilizes the rainforest.
- The name “Amazon” comes from the “Amazons” of the Greek mythology, a race of woman warriors. In many classes of the area, women fought alongside the men.
- There’s an underground river 4 KM (2.4 mi) beneath the Amazon River in Brazil, which might be as long, but hundreds of times wider.
- The Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the Earth’s oxygen.
Amazon Rainforest Species:
- Amazonian Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears.
- A study in 1999 found 1 square kilometer (247 acres) of Amazon can contain about 90,790 tons of living plants.
- Over 40,000 plant species, 2,200 fishes, 1,200 birds, 420 mammals, 420 amphibians, and 370 reptiles have been scientifically classified in the Amazon region.
- In 2008, Norway provided US$1 billion to help save the Amazon.
- 1 in 10 known species in the world lives in the Amazon Rainforest.
- The Amazon Rainforest is home to about 2.5 million insect species.
- Almost four hundred billion trees belonging to 16,000 different species grow in the Amazon.
- The Amazon includes an area of 5,500,000 square kilometers (2,100,000 square miles), two times the size of Argentina.
- There are no bridges over the Amazon River.
- The Amazon River discharges five times as much water as any other river on the planet.
- Human inhabitants first settled in the Amazon at least 11,200 years ago.
- The Amazon pictures more than half of the Earth’s rainforests.
- While most of the Amazon is in Brazil (60%), it’s also in Peru (13%), Colombia (10%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and three countries.
- Iquitos, Peru is the largest city in the world inaccessible by road. It’s located deep in the Amazon rainforest and has over 400,000 people.
- The Amazon River once flowed in the opposite direction, from east to west.
These are the different interesting facts about Amazon.