10 facts about the Amazon region and why you should protect it

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  1. The Amazon River is by far the world’s largest river by volume. It has over 1,100 tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1000 miles.
  2. The Amazon is the world’s biggest rainforest, larger than the next two largest rainforests — in the Congo Basin and Indonesia — combined.
  3. Nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest is found in Brazil.
  4. The Amazon is thought to have 2.5 million species of insects. More than half the species in the Amazon rainforest are thought to live in the canopy.
  5. The Amazon River once flowed west-ward instead of east-ward as it does today. The rise of the Andes caused it to flow into the Atlantic Ocean.
  6. 70 percent of South America’s GDP is produced in areas that receive rainfall or water from the Amazon. The Amazon influences rainfall patterns as far away as the United States.
  7. Jaguars need streteches of river bank and large areas of tropical rain forest and grasslands—like those protected under ARPA (Amazon Region Protected Areas)—to survive.
  8. The pink river dolphin lives in the waters of more than half of the protected areas under ARPA.
  9.  If deforestation continues, we’ll completely lose the rainforests within the next 40 years.
  10. The forest floor is almost completely dark – with less than 1% of the available sunlight making it through the tree canopy above.

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