The Amazon Rainforest is the most well known rainforest in the entire world. It is highly regarded as one of the most diverse and rich areas of the world for both plant and animal life. Here are three interesting facts that you probably did not know.
The Amazon is Largely Responsible for the Earth’s Oxygen
Did you know that the Amazon actually helps to produce 20% of the oxygen in the entire world? The Amazon has actually produced as much as 30% of the world’s oxygen in the past, but with deforestation and other environmental impacts of the industrialization of the Amazon there has been a loss. Sadly, the rest of the world does not seem to notice that the Amazon is doing so much for them which has resulted in fewer environmental protections.
Without Change the Amazon Will be Gone in 40 Years
Many people do not think that it is important to fight for efforts that concern the Amazon and deforestation. Every single second, the Amazon loses 1.5 acres of forest. If this trend continues unchanged, we will no longer have any part of the Amazon in just forty years. In fact, the entire thing will be wiped out by then.
Over 25% of the World’s Medicines Comes from About 1% of the Rainforest’s Plants
The rainforest is an amazing place full of thousands of different types of plant life. Most people are unaware that over 25% of today’s modern medications are derived from plant life that has been explored from the Amazon. However, even fewer are aware that only about 1% of the plants that are in the rainforest have been tested and researched for medical purposes. Our brains simply cannot comprehend what all is available in the rainforest that could help us with our everyday lives.