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  • Taking up most of the Amazon Basin, the Amazon rainforest is mostly contained within Brazil,

  • and stretches into Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and smaller parts in some other South American

  • countries.

  • Here are ten interesting facts about the Amazon (and rainforests in general) that you may

  • not have heard before.

  • 1.

  • Around 80% of the food we eat originally came from rainforests.

  • Some of the more popular examples include coffee, chocolate, rice, tomatoes, potatoes,

  • bananas, black pepper, pineapples and corn.

  • At The Inside Track we basically live on coffee.

  • That's reason enough to save the rainforest!

  • 2.

  • Tropical rainforests only cover about 6% of the Earth's surface, but they are home to

  • more than half the world's total plant and animal species.

  • 3.

  • The forest floor is almost completely darkwith less that 1% of the available sunlight

  • making it through the tree canopy above.

  • 4.

  • There are around 3000 fruits found in rainforests, and in the west we make use of around 200

  • of them.

  • However, indigenous tribes make use of over 2000!

  • 5.

  • 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.

  • 6.

  • With deforestation continuing at such a fast rate, we've created the most rapid extinction

  • rate in the history of the world.

  • 137 rainforest species are exterminated completely every single day.

  • 7.

  • Over a quarter of the medicines we use today have their origins in the rainforestsand

  • that's after only about 1% of rainforest plants have been examined for their medicinal

  • properties.

  • Imagine what else could be there?

  • It's not outlandish to think that our best chance of curing the diseases that plague

  • our world could lie within the rainforest.

  • But with so many species exterminated every day, we may never find out.

  • 8.

  • We often think that the soil in the rainforest is really fertile to support such a huge range

  • of plant and animal life.

  • But rainforest land is not really any good for farming.

  • Once cleared, the soil is of such low quality that it can hardly be used to grow anything.

  • After a year or two of farming, the land is totally bereft of nutrientsleaving a

  • useless patch of land.

  • 9.

  • Some people call the rainforests 'the world's lungs', but decomposition of plant matter

  • absorbs as much oxygen as the trees produce.

  • It's probably more accurate to think of them as having a cooling effect on the global

  • climate, as they absorb a huge amount of heat from the sun.

  • About 30% of our carbon emissions come from one thingburning the rainforests.

  • 10.

  • If deforestation continues, we'll completely lose the rainforests within the next 40 years.

  • Clearly now is the time to visit this amazing region learn more about this natural marvel

  • and to help gain and spread awareness about how urgent the need to save the rainforest

  • is.

  • Stay in jungle lodges or riverboats and take in the beauty of this biologically diverse

  • region.

Taking up most of the Amazon Basin, the Amazon rainforest is mostly contained within Brazil,

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Amazon Rainforest - Top 10 Facts

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    大文 posted on 2020/04/05
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