20 Awe-Inspiring Facts About The Amazon Rainforest

The steamy Amazon rainforest represents a wilderness of phenomenal power and beauty. Here, copious rainfall and blazing tropical sunshine sustain a one-off natural wonder teeming with life and mystery. Indeed, in terms of scope, scale, biodiversity and ecosystem services, the Amazon rainforest has unrivaled global significance. And the following 20 facts explain why…

20. The Amazon rainforest encompasses half of the world’s remaining tropical forests

Once upon a time, tropical rainforests covered 14 percent of the surface of the Earth. Today, though, they are known to cover less than six percent. And approximately half of what remains can be found in the Amazon as the world’s largest tract of unbroken rainforest – Indonesia and the Congo Basin harbor much of the rest.

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