13 Amazing Now-You-Know Facts About The Amazon Rainforest

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13 Amazing Now-You-Know Facts About The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is the largest rainforest in the world. It's located in South America and covers more than 2,7 million square kilometers. The Amazon River runs through it, making it one of the most bio-diverse areas on Earth. You'll find everything from jaguars to piranhas in the Amazon rainforest. Unfortunately, it's also under threat from deforestation. If we don't take steps to protect it, the Amazon rainforest could soon be gone forever.

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most magnificent places on Earth. While most people know it is a rainforest, they may not know all of the interesting facts about it.

Did you know that the Amazon rainforest is bigger than the continental United States? That's right - it's massive! And it's home to some pretty amazing creatures and plant life. In this article, we're going to share some now-you-know facts about the Amazon rainforest. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn some interesting things!

On an average day, 20 billion metric tons of water evaporates from trees in the Amazon. There's so much water passing through the trees, it makes the Amazon a gigantic, natural sprinkler system that sprays an entire continent. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: TED

In the Amazon rainforest, butterflies swarm turtles and lick away their tears. There's very little sodium in the rain in southeastern Peru, so butterflies and other animals have to get it any way they can -- in this case, from turtle tears. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: BBC

Henry Ford tried to build Fordlandia, his own town deep in the Amazon rainforest. In 1927, he built a rubber plantation in the jungle and a town next to it. It failed -- people fought over food and over having to live under strict, Fordian order. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

Source: NPR

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