Unknown facts about Amazon Rainforest
In the north of the Amazon rainforest runs the Amazon River. This is actually a river system that has a network of several hundreds of waterways that stretch to a distance of about 6,992 km. a number of scientists believe that Amazon is the second longest river on the earth after the River Nile.
In terms of the volume of water contained, Amazon River is the clear champion of all Rivers since it carries more water than the waters of the rivers Mississippi, Nile, and Yangtze combined. An awesome study shows that during every second, the Amazon River delivers 55 million gallons of water into the Atlantic Ocean.
The name Amazon
The name Amazon was coined by the Spanish explorer Francisco Orellana following the event when he was attacked by a band of female warriors called as theIcamiabas, translated as 'women without husbands'. Francisco Orellana compared them to the Amazons figuring in the Greek mythology.
The massive home to tribal population
The most versatile and the biggest eco-system on the land
Amazon’s eco-system is very rich. It is a home to over 40,000 plant species, 3,000 kinds of fish, 430 types of mammals, 1,300 bird species, and an awesome number of 2.5 million types of insects. This forest is also the home to some of the most awesome and deadly creatures on the earth like electric eels, poison dart frogs, jaguars, flesh eating piranhas and some seriously poisonous snakes.
Makes our lives on the earth possible
Amazon rainforest produces 20% of the world’s oxygen. Since Amazon rain forest makes up 40% of the world’s tropical forest cover and produces the most significant quantity of oxygen, it is rightly described as the lungs of the earth.
What the forest produces
The alarming concern
Due to deforestation, we are losing 1.5 acres of Amazon forest with every passing second. Every day, about 137 species are becoming extinct. Given this rate of destruction, it is for sure that the complete rainforest of Amazon will disappear in about 40 years if the deforestation is not stopped.