I am sharing with you a gallery of one of the most beautiful Forces of Nature of our planet: The Amazon Forest.
The Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. This basin encompasses 7,000,000 square kilometres (2,700,000 sq mi), of which 5,500,000 square kilometres (2,100,000 sq mi) are covered by the rainforest.
This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species.
The landscape contains:
- One in ten known species on Earth
- 1.4 billion acres of dense forests, half of the planet’s remaining tropical forests
- 4,100 miles of winding rivers
- 2.6 million square miles in the Amazon basin, about 40 percent of South America
There is a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet. The rain forests, which contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, help stabilize local and global climate. Deforestation may release significant amounts of this carbon, which could have catastrophic consequences around the world.
The Amazon has an insurmountable value in the natural world due to the Oxygen that it provides, the Carbon Dioxide that it consumes and the splendid array of exquisite plant and animal species to which it is home. In fact, it is home to the most diverse and numerous arrays of species in the world.
Let’s make sure to no deplete its resources, if we want to keep breathing…
In the gallery below you will see the Amazon river, the forest, some of its animals, the giant Kapok tree, and the Meeting of Waters, the confluence between the Rio Negro, a river with dark (water, and the sandy-colored Amazon River or Rio Solimões. For 6 km (3.7 mi) the river’s waters run side by side without mixing.
This phenomenon is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. The Rio Negro flows at near 2 km per hour at a temperature of 28°C, while the Rio Solimões flows between 4 to 6 km per hour a temperature of 22°C.
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