The amazon rainforest gets its name from the amazon river which begins in the Peruvian Andes, and winds its way east over the northern half of south America. It Meets the Atlantic ocean at Belem, Brazil.
106 billion liter of water flow into the Atlantic every minute. Because its vegetation continuously recycles carbon dioxide into oxygen, it has been described as the “ Lungs of Our Plant”. Over two thirds of all the fresh water on earth is found within the Amazon basin, and over 20 per cent of the earth’s oxygen is produced there.
The Amazon rainforest is teeming with life. There are more species of birds here than in any other ecosystem and there are more than 4,000 species of butterflies. The lush forests of the Amazon basin are home to reptiles, amphibians, primates, and tapirs.