Reese is on the move again. Where in the world is our wonder boy visiting today?
Here’s a hint;
This rainforest is the largest in the world. It covers 2.7 million miles of land!
Did you guess the Amazon rainforest? You’re right!
Even though you can’t tell from Reese’s selfie, the Amazon rainforest covers the majority of the Amazon Basin. It is also present in nine different nations including Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
Let’s explore Reese’s tropical location further.
Did you know?
- Humans have lived in the Amazon rainforest for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence suggests that human life began in the forest approximately 11,200 years ago.
- More than half of all the species of plants and animals on Earth live in the Amazon Rainforest.
- The Amazon is home to some dangerous animals including the jaguar, cougar, black caiman, anaconda, and vampire bat. The Amazon river also contains some very dangerous species including the electric eel and piranha.
- The rainforests are considered to be the “lungs of the Earth” because the trees and plants cleanse the air we breathe and provide us with oxygen.
- The Amazon rainforest is structured in four layers. These include the forest floor, the understory, the canopy, and the emergent.
- Plants and animals live in all layers of the rainforest.
- Some of the trees in the Amazon can grow up to 180 feet tall!
- The climate in the Amazon is warm and humid.
Unfortunately, due to deforestation (cutting down of trees) the Amazon rainforest is shrinking. Humans chop down trees for timber, paper, and to make space for farms, buildings, and roads. To lose the rainforest would mean the loss of many species of animals and plants.
Thank you, Reese, for showing us the Amazon rainforest.
Where in the world is he off to now? Be sure to join us next week when Reese will explore another fun, fact-filled location.