The Amazon Rainforest, also known as Amazonia, the Amazon jungle or the Amazon Basin, encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), though the forest itself occupies some 5.5 million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres), located within nine nations. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume, with a total flow greater than the top ten rivers worldwide combined. It accounts for approximately one-fifth of the total world river flow and has the biggest drainage basin on the planet.
Not a single bridge crosses the Amazon.
- Rainforest por Daniela y Miguel (slideshare.net)
- AMAZON WATCH| Eye on the Amazon (womensphilanthropy.typepad.com)
- Scientists dispel myths, provide new insight into human impact on pre-Columbian Amazon River Basin (phys.org)
- Brazil Halts Huge Dam Project (sustainablebusiness.com)
- Brazil’s Coastal Rainforest Suffers Widespread Species Extinction (voanews.com)