Information About Amazon Rainforest

  • Rainforests once covered 14% of earth's surface, now they only cover 6% of earth's surface
  • 1 and 1/2 acres of the rainforest are lost every second
  • Scientists estimate that we are losing 137 species of animals, plants, and insects every day
  • 1/5 of the world's fresh water source is in the amazon rainforest
  • worth $400 per acre
  • Less than 1% of the plants have been studied by scientists and medical staff
  • 750 types of trees
  • More than 20% of the rainforest has been destroyed
  • Hundreds of indigenous tribes, not as many now due to disease, forced labor, or war
  • 2000 species of fish, more than in the Atlantic Ocean
  • One in five of all birds in the world live in Amazon Rainforest
  • Could happen to Amazon: Madagascar periwinkle plant increased the survival of children with leukemia from 20 to 80%, now extinct in the wild
  • In 1500s 6 to 9 million indigenous people by 1900 1 million indigenous and now less than 250,000 indigenous
  • 9 feet of rain every year
  • 50% returns to the atmosphere through the foliage of trees
  • Over 500 mammals
  • 175 lizards and 300 other reptiles
  • 30 million insect species
  • Climate warm and humid, average temp around 79 degrees Fahrenheit

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7 The Amazon Rainforest Deforestation Impact
7 The Amazon Rainforest Deforestation Impact

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Sources
http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm
http://www.amazon-rainforest.org/indigenous-tribes.html
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/amazon.htm