The largest rainforest in the world, Amazon Rainforest. Check out some interesting details about it:
- The Amazon is estimated to have 390 billion individual trees with 16,000 tree species.
- If you were caught in the rain in the Amazon you would have about 10 minutes to find your umbrella. The trees are so tightly packed that it can take 10 minutes for the rain to reach the ground below.
- It is believed that there may still be as many as 50 Amazon native tribes living in the rainforest that has never been in contact with the rest of the world.
- The Amazon covers most of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin is 2.7 million square miles while the Amazon covers 2.1 million square miles of it. If the Amazon rainforest was a country, it would rank 9th in size.
- The Amazon represents more than half of the Earth’s rainforests.
- The name “Amazon” comes from the “Amazons” of Greek mythology , a race of woman warriors. In many tribes of the area, women fought alongside with men.
- Human inhabitants first settled in the Amazon rainforest at least 11,200 years ago.