The Amazon, or the Amazon Rainforest, is one of the world’s most important natural biomes. The Amazon Rainforest is located in the Amazon Basin of South America where it covers an incredible 2.7 million square miles of area. Most of this incredible place can be found in Brazil but it spreads out to Venezuela, Ecudaor, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana and more. While everyone knows about the Amazon very few people realize just how incredible and unique it actually is. We decided to put together 12 incredible facts that showcase just how amazing and unique the Amazon Jungle is. Keep on reading and start making plans now to go see the jungle before it gets pushed past the point of no return by deforestation.
The Amazon makes up over 50% of the remaining rainforests in the world.
If you don’t think that deforestation is a problem to take seriously then look at how quickly we have rid the world of its natural rainforest. The Amazon Jungle now makes up over 50% of the remaining rainforest in the entire world. Every single second more than 1.5 acres of rainforest are destroyed and replaced by farmland. That means by the time you finish reading this sentence we will have lost dozens of acres of rainforest for no good reason, losing it forever. The next time you want to take one of those European river cruises just take a moment to be aware of what it is costing us. Being a world traveler is a good thing, but being aware of our impact on the world is even better.