The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest

In the 1500s, Francisco de Orellana was the first explorer to travel the entire length of the Amazon River. In doing so, he encountered a number of tribes with which he had to do battle. Noting that the women of the Tapuya tribe in particular battled alongside their male counterparts, he named the river, the Amazon, in reference to the warrior women of the same name found in the writings of Herodotus and Diodorus.  The Amazon Rainforest is also known as Amazonia and the Amazon Jungle. Francisco’s name stuck.

Here’s a 3-minute video featuring a part of the Amazon River that has boiling temperatures. This 8-minute video features 10 amazing facts about the Amazon rainforest. This 9-minute slide-show video shares a bunch of facts about the rainforest.

FunFacts about The Amazon Rainforest: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Amazon rainforest, also known in English as Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America. This basin encompasses 7,000,000 km2 (2,700,000 sq mi), of which 5,500,000 km2 (2,100,000 sq mi) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. (Source)
  • 60% of the forest is in Brazil.
  • The Amazon rainforest has 390 billion trees.
  • The Amazon rainforest is located across nine nations.
  • The rainforest is believed to be 55 million years old.
  • The top layer of trees in the Amazon rainforest can grow as tall as 200 feet.
  • Half the species of animals known to man live in the rainforest.
  • The rainforest is home to 2.5 million species of insects.
  • The rainforest has the largest biodiversity of animals and plants in the world.
  • The Amazon rainforest contributes 20% of the planet’s oxygen.
  • The rainforest covers 2.5 million square miles.
  • The Amazon River is 4000 miles long.
  • Most of the rainforest is on or near the equator.
  • The Amazon rainforest averages 260 inches of rain annually, but this figure can climb as high as 400.
  • Where the elevation of the rainforest is in the mountains, the top of the forest is covered in a mist. These areas are called ‘cloud forests’.
  • Some of the tarantulas in the rainforest can grow to the size of dinner plates.
  • The dust of the North African Saharan Desert, specifically from the country of Chad, is important to the health of the Amazon basin. This dust is high in phosphorus, an important chemical for plant growth. 50 million tons of dust blows across the Atlantic each year.
  • Human habitation of the Amazon rainforest began over 11000 years ago.
  • Here’s a summation of the dangers to be found in the Amazon rainforest, quote: The rainforest contains several species that can pose a hazard. Among the largest predatory creatures are the black caiman, jaguar, cougar, and anaconda. In the river, electric eels can produce an electric shock that can stun or kill, while piranha are known to bite and injure humans. Various species of poison dart frogs secrete lipophilic alkaloid toxins through their flesh. There are also numerous parasites and disease vectors. Vampire bats dwell in the rainforest and can spread the rabies virus. Malaria, yellow fever and Dengue fever can also be contracted in the Amazon region. (Source)
  • Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is an ongoing problem. For information on this issue, go here.

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35 thoughts on “The Amazon Rainforest

  1. The biodiversity of this region is so impressive and it is sad that we are losing so many species due to deforestation. Thank you for the lovely pictures!

  2. The Amazon Rainforest is full of so many interesting plants and animals. I don’t think I’d ever want to visit because I’ve seen one too many documentaries about the poison dart frogs; I definitely don’t want to run into one in my lifetime!

  3. I have always loved pictures and movies about the Amazon rainforest. My favorite movie was Medicine Man where Sean Connery played a researcher living among a native tribe looking for a cure for cancer and fighting a logging company who is destroying the forest to build a road. Wonderful scenery and film.

    • Mary,
      My sentiments exactly. I have enough of my own to contend with: scorpions, black widows and rattlesnakes. But at least I’d stand a chance. Not so sure with one of these Amazonian critters. Also, it’s the equator plus humidity. I think I started sweating just thinking about it, lol!

      Caris,
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  4. My adventurous side says “yes I would love to go there and see all the wonderful animals and plants.” But in reality I would not, I like my comforts and I do not like being hot and sticky. This would be an armchair adventure I would love to embark on, but able to stop, shower and go out to dinner and a movie. But wonderfully educational, I love documentaries about the Amazon Rain Forrest.

  5. Pretty but I don’t think I would want to go. I’d be cleaning my pants out of I saw a spider that big. I am so glad you didn’t post a pic of one. Holding my breath the whole time I scrolled down. Lol

  6. Beauty is everywhere and in so many forms. I am quite content to watch documentaries and videos about the rainforest. I will not be venturing into the poison dart frog’s territory anytime soon.

  7. Despite the dangerous things, the absolute beauty of the Rainforest makes me want to visit. Maybe some day, when I win the lottery

  8. Gorgeous photos and it’s such a shame that people are destroying the rainforest. It’s such an important part of the ecosystem. Seems we humans never learn. Love seeing pictures of it but definitely wouldn’t like to go there – too many dangers. AZ

  9. Beautiful pictures of a truly stunning location. I especially was intrigued by the pink water lily with the spiny leaf pads. Nothing like that lives here in the high desert of Southern California!

  10. It’s so important to preserve the Amazon because it’s a source of new pharmaceuticals.

    Scientists have said there’s no limit to the drugs waiting to be discovered.

  11. What a fascinating place. And what colorful species live there. One of my favorite movies was set in the Amazon – Medicine Man with Sean Connery – touches on many of the things discussed here. From the diversity of the wild life – to include indigenous population – to deforestation and its effect on the world. I love the colors, so brilliant. Thank you for sharing this amazing place with us.

  12. Excellent photos! The Amazon has so many things about it that are beautiful. The colors of animals, plants, insects, reptilian is so intense and glorious. I just wouldn’t step two feet near it because there are also so many deadly things.
    Sanford, Maine

  13. The lotus or water lily picture is my favorite.

    I haven’t been to the Amazon Rainforest, but the National Aquarium in Baltimore has a replica Amazon Rainforest, complete with some wildlife, and I have been to it several times.

    denise from maryland

  14. I too like to watch movies of the rainforest. But I would not like all the snakes and crawly things. And I might accidentally lick a poison frog and see animals that are not there.

  15. Once again you manage to astound me!!!! I love the pictures you find!!!!! Being new to the internet I am a little leary about searching out new things! So Thank You!!!

  16. Gorgeous pictures and interesting factoids as usual. The little “bacon” snake caught my fancy. Do you what kind it is?

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