Facts about the Rainforest

Here are some facts about the rainforest.

The Amazonian Rainforest covers over a billion acres of Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia and the eastern parts of Ecuador and Peru. If Amazonia were a country, it would be the ninth largest in the world.

The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet", because it recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20% of the world oxygen is produced by the Amazon Rainforest.
More than half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. One-fifth of the world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.

One hectare may contain over 750 types of trees and 1,500 species of higher plants.
At least 80% of the developed world's diet originated in the tropical rainforest. They include avocados, coconuts, figs, tomatoes, pineapples, rice, chocolate, coffee, nuts and many more.
At least 3,000 fruits are found in the rainforests. Of these, only 200 are now in use in the Western World. Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.


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