Recently amazon rainforest has been subjected to a lot of fire outbreaks. Brazil alone has had more than 72,000 fireoutbreaks this year(2019). What’s astonishing is there has been 84% increase in fire outbreaks since last year.
Deforestation has also been increasing in the amazon which is really an alarming news for the world. There is an imminent danger of the rainforest being a thing of the past.
So why is amazon rainforest so important? This post gives some amazing facts of amazon rainforest.
Amazon rainforest is the single largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world. It spans 6.7 millions square kilometres. If you are unsure of the measurement, the size of amazon is twice the size of India. Yes! You heard it right. The rainforest is virtually unrivalled in scale, complexity and opportunity.
Side fact: India is among the cheapese asian countries to visit in 2019. Read more about india and other cheapest asian countries to visit here.
Facts and Figures about amazon rainforest
So, let’s talk about some of the facts and figures of amazon rainforest. There are lots of astonishing figures about this rainforest.
Amazon houses at least 10% of the world’s known biodiversity.
Amazon is not only related to flora and fauna, it also relates with water resources.
The rivers in the rainforest accounts for 15-16% of the world’s total river discharge into the oceans.
Amazed?? Here is another fact, the amazon river (which is inside amazon rainforest) flows for more than 6,600 km. The river including its hundreds of tributaries and streams contains the largest number of freshwater fish species in the world.
Apart from unfathomable numbers of mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles found across the rainforest, it is also home to more than 30 million people living across the region. The amazon spans across nine different countries
?? puzzled about why france is there?? It’s no mistake, France still rules some of the territories in South America.
Let’s move on to another amazing fact about the rainforest. 9%(2.7 million) of the amazon’s population is still made up of indigenous people. 350 different ethnic groups, 60 of which are still isolated from the rest of the world.
Isn’t it amazing? Amazon rainforest is like living museum. It’s the region which keeps ecology of our earth intact.
Let me hit you with another astonishing fact about this rainforest.
Between 1999 and 2009, 1200 species of plants and vertebrates were discovered for the first time.
These findings confirm the amazon as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.
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For more info on this rainforest, you may read this wikipedia article