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The Amazon Rainforest

Listed under Rainforests and Jungles in Amazon-North, Brazil.

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  • Photo of The Amazon Rainforest
  • Photo of The Amazon Rainforest
  • Photo of The Amazon Rainforest
  • Photo of The Amazon Rainforest
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A huge moist leaf forest covering a great swathe of the top of South America, the Amazon spreads into nine countries, but is most of it falls within Brazil. As well as being the largest rainforest in the world and half the world’s remaining rainforest, the Amazon has greater biodiversity than any other - and that’s before everything here has even been found and dissected. More than a third of all the world’s species live in the Amazon, as well as the vast range of plants there are more than two and a half million species of insect, 3000 kinds of fish, 1,200 types of bird, 370 kinds of reptiles and 420 different mammal species. If around 90,000 tonnes of living plant can come out of one square Amazon kilometre then imagine what has been lost in the 600,000+ square kilometres of rainforest which have been destroyed. As well as plants and animals there are still people living in the Amazon.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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Amazing veiw

Flying over the Amazon from the USA to Brasil was a highlight of my travel. The vast green canopy and winding rivers of the forest was an amazing site to see from the air. I intend on going to the amazon and appreciating the beauty that live within it.

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That sounds like a fantastic introduction to the rainforest

The Central Amazon Conservation Complex makes up the largest protected area in the Amazon Basin and is one of the planets richest regions in terms of biodiversity.

what is the weather like in the amazon rainforest in the summer?

what is the weather temperture in the amazon rainforest in the summer?

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Hi Sara - here's a link to our World Weather Guide which will give you an idea of the average temperatures and weather conditions throughout the year:

what is the weather

what is the weather in winter and summer

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Have a look at our World Weather Guide for the average temperatures - there's a link on the bottom of the page:

Have a look at our World Weather Guide for the average temperatures - there's a link on the bottom of the page:

whats the weather like in the amazon rainforest

whats the tempreture in the summer and the winter. is it hot or cold.

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Have a look at our World Weather Guide for the average temperatures - there's a link on the bottom of the page:

The Amazon River

The Amazon’s source is in Calillona, Peru and the rivers mouth is in north east Brazil, emptying into the Atlantic. Its only the earth’s second longest river (to the Nile), but the largest by volume and width, in some places its ten kilometress wide.

Regular flooding of the Amazon River brings essential nutrients to the Amazon Rainforest, home to a myriad of exotic wildlife and marine life, including piranhas, macaws, toucans, leopards and anacondas. It is also home to many Indian tribes who have evolved with the river and the rainforest and have a vast collective knowledge of plant traits and uses.

You can see the river up close on an adventure cruise and there are small settlements at several points along its journey. You can also go kayaking or rafting on it.

Conserving the Amazon

I guarantee you have no idea how mind blowingly big and amazing the Amazon Basin is until you go there. It all comes down to the gulf of difference between seeing a photo of a frog the size of your fingernail and coloured with more colours than your Mum’s eyeshadow from the 70’s and waking up to find said frog on the top of your can of baked beans.

By now we all know the Amazon is endangered and that it’s full of all sorts of things which could be the answer to cancer etc. but how do you go about actually doing something about saving it from a practical point of view? This was my line of thinking anyway. I ain’t Richard Branson so I couldn’t just throw money at the problem I had to actually go out there and do something with my hands or eyes or what every body part they need out there, so I got hooked up to be part of a program at The Rainforest Centre and took two months out of my regular life to try and still the nightmares I keep having about wrecking the environment.

Turns out you do a lot of counting things and walking around poking though the rainforest. This contributes to studies about how humans are changing the forest and of animal numbers and the ability of the Amazon to regenerate. There is also some tracking and trailing and spying work to be done: unearthing mud to trap footprints and see what kind of critters have passed by, and trailing unusual species or even just ants, I spent quite a few days trailing different kinds of bugs – not something I thought I’d do but totally enlightening. I also spent a few evenings staying up watching monkeys – I like to call it Monkey Big Brother – and tried to attract birds using all my charms and some recorded bird calls. There was hard labour as well, gentle clearing and building projects, but it was very varied and – here’s the cliché – I learnt a lot, well of course I did, last year I went skiing in Chamonix.

On the practical side you get to stay in what is essentially a tree house and pretty much go native and entertain yourself. Limited electricity and no hot water were a shock at first but the replacement options, climbing into the canopy, swimming in the Amazon River, oh, yeah baby, and messing around in boats is so much more fun and the staff are a fantastic, sexy bunch of people, if not a little challenged with the English – I would advise you learn a leetle Spanish - as were the other volunteers who came out with me.

Why anyone would want to stay in a lodge costing hundreds of dollars a night when you can be part of a project like this is totally beyond me. Don’t get your feel good kick and cheque for carbon credits for the rest of your life from throwing money in the right general direction, get down and dirty and do some counting of tiny frogs or something, man. It’ll be way less hippy and way more science than you think and it will potentially be the best holiday you ever take, and the girls love it.

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