Amazon Rainforest Facts

Looking for facts on the Amazon Rainforest? Below you will find a number of interesting facts on one of the planets most amazing ecosystems.

  • Covers an area of 2.5 million square miles
  • Largest tropical forest in the world
  • Contains nearly a third of the world's population of birds
  • Much of the rainforest is up to 55 million years old
  • One and a half acres of rainforest is lost every second
  • About 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Around 137 plant, animal and insect species go extinct every day
  • It is known as the lungs of the planet
  • Of plants known to have anticancer properties, 70% come from the rainforest
  • It receives nine feet of rain every year.
  • It is around 9 times the size of the state of Texas
  • Has over 500 varieties of mammals and 300 species of reptiles
  • Has over 30 million different types of insects
  • The Amazon Rainforst accounts for over half of all the rainforests left in the world
  • It covers portions of 9 countries, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and the Guianas - Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname
  • It is estimated that there are over 3,000 types of edible fruits
  • The soil of the Amazon Rainforest is actually very poor

If you know of any other facts regarding the Amazon Rainforest, please share them using the comment form below.
  • Anonymous on Wed, 07/09/2014 - 16:55

    30 spishies of insecs are extinct every second

  • Anonymous on Mon, 02/03/2014 - 16:26

    the loggers cut down the trees to make furniture

  • Anonymous on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 20:29

    those are cool facts that i pretty much new but not all of those facts the ones that ididnt know were interesting.

  • Anonymous on Tue, 03/20/2012 - 22:57

    that is some really good info

  • Anonymous on Thu, 03/15/2012 - 04:16

    how is it being protected

  • Anonymous on Fri, 03/09/2012 - 15:24

    ithink cutting down the rainforest is very bad

  • Anonymous on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 02:35

    Natural Resources:
    One of the natural resources that they found was oil off the coast from a beach. Why, because before they didn’t have any oil they used one of the ingredients from sugar or for sugar that were used to run cars before they could even find the oil from the coast of the beach.

  • Anonymous on Wed, 02/22/2012 - 23:00

    you guys need to add like some important things to see there, some monuments

  • Anonymous on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 20:12

    the americans said the city of gold eldora was some where within the amazon and they raced against the spanish and french but the city was never found.

  • Anonymous on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 18:51

    koolz this is helpful

  • Anonymous on Sun, 01/08/2012 - 22:36

    We get 20% of our axygen from there.

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