The Amazon Rainforest is in South America, and many people think that it’s just in Brazil, but as you can see from this Amazon Rainforest Map – it’s spread across quite a few countries!

Where is the Amazon Rainforest?

The Amazon rainforest is located in South America, mostly covering Brazil but with parts spilling into Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Guyana. The Amazon River runs through the forest with tributaries totaling over 4,000 miles in length.

How big is the Amazon Rainforest?

The Amazon rainforest covers 2.1 million square miles or about 40% of South America’s total land area. To put that number in perspective, it is larger than France and Germany combined! The entire ecosystem has been estimated to be home to approximately 390 billion individual trees at any given time. If you added up all trees in the Amazon rainforest they would weigh about 280 billion tons – almost 15 times the weight of all humans on Earth!

The biome has been estimated to contain approximately 15,000 species of plants, 2,000 species of birds, 1,300 species of fish and 427 species of mammals. So far only about 400 species have been documented by science. This makes the Amazon rainforest home to a greater number of plant and animal species than any other biome on Earth.

What is the difference between a jungle and a rainforest?

Jungles typically occur in tropical regions which receive more rainfall over the year while forests are more typically defined as occurring in temperate or boreal zones with distinct dry seasons. The Amazon flows through several different ecozones from lush rainforests to deciduous dry forests so it can accurately be described as both.

Which countries are in the amazon rainforest?

Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Brazil, Bolivia, Guyana, Venezuela, and Suriname.

How many people live in the Amazon rainforest?

The population of the Amazon is low-density but spread out over a massive area. Roughly 20 million people inhabit the Amazon basin representing less than 1% of the total human population on Earth. Most who do call it home are subsistence farmers leading a relatively austere existence with little access to modern goods or infrastructure.