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Rainforest Fact File
Top Ten Rainforest Facts

Keeping rainforest protected is vital for all life on Earth.

Here are just some of the reasons to protect it.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Rainforests cover less than 2% of the Earth’s surface but contain over 50% of Earth’s biodiversity1.

Sunlight

Sunlight

Only 1% of available sunlight is able to penetrate the dense canopy to reach the forest floor2.

Food

Food

Around 80% of the natural foods we eat originated in in the rainforest7.

Amazons

Amazons

The Amazon rainforest was named by spanish explorer, Francisco de Orellana, after surviving an attack by a group of native female warriors. Orellana was reminded of the fierce Amazons from Greek mythology and thus named his discovery after the fabled warriors3.

Medicine

Medicine

About ¼ of Earth’s natural medicines have been found in the rainforest8.

Ancient Trees

Ancient Trees

Some tropical rainforests are so old they still were in existence when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Australia’s Daintree Rainforest is believed to be 180 million years old and dinosaurs and mega fauna have been discovered there4.

Livelihoods

Livelihoods

1.6 billion people depend on the rainforest for their livelihood5.

Indigenous People

Indigenous People

50 out of the estimated 400-500 different groups of indigenous people who live in the Amazon rainforest have never had any contact with the outside world9.

Fertilize

Fertilize

Sand is blown all the way from the Sahara desert to the Amazon rainforest. The sand recharges the rainforest’s minerals and nutrients6.

Carbon

Carbon

Earth’s rainforest stores 638 gigatonnes of carbon10.

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  1. Conserve Energy Future. n.d. 35 Facts Of Tropical Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-tropical-rainforest-facts.php> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  2. All That’s Interesting. 2014. 25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’Ve Never Heard. [online] Available at: <https://allthatsinteresting.com/rainforest-facts> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  3. Hernandez, D., 2019. 8 Facts About The Amazon That’ll Blow Your Mind. [online] Popular Mechanics. Available at: <https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/g28859106/rainforest-facts/> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  4. Jungle Tours. 2019. 10 Mind-Blowing Daintree Rainforest Facts. [online] Available at: <https://jungletours.com.au/10-daintree-rainforest-facts/> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  5. Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  6. Factslides.com. 2017. 22 Facts About The Amazon Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.factslides.com/s-Amazon-Rainforest> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  7. All That’s Interesting. 2014. 25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’Ve Never Heard. [online] Available at: <https://allthatsinteresting.com/rainforest-facts> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  8. Conserve Energy Future. n.d. 35 Facts Of Tropical Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-tropical-rainforest-facts.php> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  9. Hernandez, D., 2019. 8 Facts About The Amazon That’ll Blow Your Mind. [online] Popular Mechanics. Available at: <https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/g28859106/rainforest-facts/> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

  10. Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

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