Some Interesting Facts About Rainforests

The biggest rainforest is the Amazon rainforest, which is mostly in Brazil. The Amazon Rainforest is so huge that if it were a country, it would be the ninth-largest country in the world.

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What is a rainforest? A rainforest is a forest that receives heavy rainfall.

There are two main types of rainforests, temperate rainforests, and tropical rainforests. Temperate rainforests are found near the coasts of the temperate zones, and tropical rainforests are found close to the equator.

The rainforests of our world are truly astonishing. They are full of incredible animals, insects and plants. Tropical rainforests exist all over the world. They can be found in Asia, Africa, South America, Central America and even Australia! The only continent they are not found in is Antarctica.  We are destroying it at a worrying rate. In fact it is estimated that we lose around 80,000 ACRES of rainforest a day!

It is estimated that around half of ALL of the animal species on Earth are found in the rainforests. As we destroy the rainforest and the habitat that these animals need, they can not survive.

The rainforests act as natural water filters, keeping pollution out of the water supply. A fifth of all of the fresh water in the world can be found in the Amazon Basin. 

A fascinating fact about the rainforests is that the tropical rainforests supply the high amounts of oxygen that we take in today.

Rainforests are the oldest living ecosystem on the planet. They are estimated to be tens of millions of years old!

Around 70% of plant species useful in cancer treatment are found only in the rainforests.

Around 80% of the flowers found in the rainforests of Australia are not found anywhere else in the world.

One way you can help rainforests is by educating people more and more about plants, animals, and the issues surrounding the deforestation of the rainforests. And most importantly, practice conservation at home.

Is the Earth in Danger?

The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest on our planet. It covers more than five million square kilometers. Over ten percent of all world’s animals live in this rainforest. But these animals will disappear if people continue to destroy the area. Animals like jaguars will most likely become extinct.

So, what can we do to save the rainforest? There are many projects to save the rainforest from potential threats. These projects aim at helping people to save animals from extinction. Our organisation supports these important environmental projects. We are asking you to help us with your donations. If we don’t do anything about this problem, the Amazon rainforest will probably disappear in the near future. Our planet will lose many unique animals as a result.

Some Interesting Facts about the Amazon Rainforest

  • Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest in the world.
  • The gigantic trees of Amazon take care of the survival of mankind! 20% of the total oxygen present in the atmosphere of planet Earth is provided by Amazon rainforests.
  • The Amazon rainforest is called the world’s largest carbon dioxide sink. It absorbs carbon dioxide and as a result, helps in controlling the carbon levels globally.
  • Amazon rainforest has an interesting story behind its name. It is said that the Spanish explorer, Francisco de Orellana, fought a war with indigenous tribal people of the jungle. He was amazed that the women of the tribe fought alongside men. So he named the jungle as Amazon, which is the name of a female warrior tribe mentioned in Greek mythology.
  • Out of all the food that the developed world eats today, 80% had its origin in the jungles of Amazon! Fruits such as avocado, grapefruit, and lemons originated here. So did the vegetables such as potatoes, sweetcorn, and maize.
  • This jungle is home to almost seventy percent of the plants which have cancer-fighting properties.
  • Amazon rainforest is home to several exotic species of birds. There are over 1500 species of birds in this green paradise. There are over 2.5 million species of insects here.
  • There are tribes of people living in the rainforests that have never had contact with the world outside of their villages. They live in complete isolation from the rest of the world.

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