Top 10 facts about the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon is synonymous with Central and South America – it’s the largest of the rainforests, supporting a huge number of plants and animals and hugely important to our own survival.
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. About the Rainforest - Information and Facts on Tropical Rainforests, Save the Rain Forest. The role of the rainforest transcends scientific definitions.
Even though only 7% of the world’s original rain forests remain, more than half of the planet’s species still live there. This wealth of life benefits us every day. Scientists are constantly discovering new uses for endemic plants, including many breakthrough drugs, while still less than one percent of the world’s rainforest have been explored for pharmaceutical properties. Simply put, rainforests are the Earth’s lungs. Through photosynthesis, they pull carbon out of the atmosphere (storing it in the roots, stems, leaves and branches of the plants) and transform it into life-giving oxygen while at the same time helping recycle and clean our water supplies.