22 Interesting Amazon Rainforest Facts

Amazon Rainforest Facts

Amazon Rainforest Facts: Amazon rainforest is the largest rain forest on earth, it is so big that more than half of the South America continent is covered with this giant rainforest. Amazon Rainforest have total land area of 5.5 million sq. km. It is surrounded by Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Suriname, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Guyana, and French Guiana. The total number of trees in this gigantic rainforest are 390 billion of 16,000 species and it is the house of 10% species in the world. It is said that more than 50% of the fertilizing dust in the Amazon rainforest comes from the Sahara Desert in Africa.

1-6 Interesting Amazon Rainforest Facts

1. 20% of the Earth’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

2. The Amazon River once flowed in the opposite direction, from east to west.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

3. The Amazon represents more than half of the Earth’s rainforests.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

4. Amazonian Butterflies Drink Turtle Tears.

Amazon Rainforest Facts


5. There’s an underground river 4 KM (2.4 mi) beneath the Amazon River in Brazil, that might be as long, but hundreds of times wider.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

6. Sand from the Sahara is blown by the wind all the way to the Amazon, recharging its minerals. The desert literally fertilizes the rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

7-13 Interesting Amazon Rainforest Facts

7. In 2008, Norway donated US$1 billion to help save the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

8. The Amazon River discharges 5 times as much water as any other river on the planet.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

9. 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.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

10. There are no bridges over the Amazon River.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

11. During the past 40 years, at least 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

12. There are vampire bats in the Amazon rainforest as well as poisonous dart frogs.

vampire bats in the Amazon rainforest

13. If deforestation continues, we’ll completely lose the rainforests within the next 40 years.

deforestation in amazon rainforest

14-18 Interesting Amazon Rainforest Facts

14. The Amazon rainforest contains more than 3,000 fruits. Only 200 of these are consumed in the western world.

fruits in Amazon rainforest

15. More than 80% of the world’s food has its origins in the Amazon rainforest.

amazon rainforest food

16. The Amazon River is by far the world’s largest river by volume. It has over 1,100 tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1000 miles.

Amazon River

17. The forest floor is almost completely dark – with less than 1% of the available sunlight making it through the tree canopy above.

amazon forest floor

18. Due to efforts to fight deforestation in the Amazon, rates have been reducing slightly, but it is still an issue today.

fight deforestation in the Amazon

19-22 Interesting Amazon Rainforest Facts

19. The Amazon rainforest is also referred to as the ‘Lungs of the Planet’ because it produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen.

Amazon rainforest Lungs of the Planet

20. The rainforests have begun to be destroyed in the last 100 years to make way for farm land. Today, the rainforests are being destroyed by 1.5 acres every second. That’s not a typo.

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amazon rainforests in last 100 years

21. In 2007, a man named Martin Strel swam the entire length of the Amazon river! To complete his splashing jungle journey, Martin powered through the water for up to ten hours a day for 66 days!

Martin Strel swam the entire length of the Amazon river

22. In 1500 there were between 6 and 9 million Amazon natives. Today there are only an estimated 250,000 left. There are approximately 170 different languages spoken by the Amazon natives.

Amazon natives

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