The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical forest on Earth, with the highest density of plant and animal species anywhere. The results of his expeditions were inconclusive and he disappeared mysteriously on his last trip. The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s richest and most-varied biological reservoir, containing several million species of insects, plants, birds, and other forms of life, many still unrecorded by science. This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 12:48. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. The other eight countries include Peru with 12.8%, Bolivia with 7.7%, Colombia with 7.1%, Venezuela with 6.1%, Guyana with 3.1%, Suriname with 2.5%, French Guyana with 1.4%, and Ecuador with 1%. [28] By 1900, the population had fallen to 1 million and by the early 1980s it was less than 200,000.[28]. In 2005, parts of the Amazon basin experienced the worst drought in one hundred years,[91] and there were indications that 2006 may have been a second successive year of drought. Water on the eastern side flowed toward the Atlantic, while to the west water flowed toward the Pacific across the Amazonas Basin. Shifting rainfall patterns, especially those exacerbated by climate change, could drive large parts of the Amazon rainforest to become drier savanna, a new study has found. Half of the rainfall in the Amazon area is produced by the forests. [22][23], Based on archaeological evidence from an excavation at Caverna da Pedra Pintada, human inhabitants first settled in the Amazon region at least 11,200 years ago. [86], The use of remotely sensed data is dramatically improving conservationists' knowledge of the Amazon basin. The first European to travel the length of the Amazon River was Francisco de Orellana in 1542. [16] There is a debate, however, over how extensive this reduction was. Nine countries share the Amazon basin—most of the rainforest, 58.4%, is contained within the borders of Brazil. Trees in the Amazon make their own rain. Jair Bolsonaro, a strong proponent of tree clearing. The Amazonian region includes vast areas of rainforest, widely dispersed grasslands, and mangrove…, …of Manaus, Brazil, in the Amazon basin revealed that around 20 percent of the precipitation came from water transpired by vegetation; the remaining 80 percent of this precipitation (an estimate made by German American meteorologist Heinz Lettau in the 1970s) was generated by the Atlantic Ocean. Omissions? In the Amazon rainforest, precipitation can be more than 365 centimeters (12 feet) in a year. Tropical forests and deforestation in the early 21st century. It expanded again during the Middle Miocene, then retracted to a mostly inland formation at the last glacial maximum. Indigenous peoples make up 9% of the total population with 60 of the groups remaining largely isolated. Amazonia is the largest river basin in the world, and its forest stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the tree line of the Andes in the west. The average rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is about 108 inches per year. 2007. Check out Rainforest: Rainfall by Sounds Of The Earth on Amazon Music. The Amazon has lost between 15% and 17% of its trees, and at current deforestation rates, the rainforest could cross Nobre’s threshold in 15 to 30 years. The influence of human alteration has been generally underestimated, reports Darna L. Dufour: "Much of what has been considered natural forest in Amazonia is probably the result of hundreds of years of human use and management." The high amount of rain combined with a warm year-round climate makes the Amazo History The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s richest and most-varied biological reservoir, containing several million species of insects, plants, birds, and other forms of life, many still unrecorded by science. The Amazon rainforest,[a] alternatively, the Amazon Jungle, also known in English as Amazonia, is a moist broadleaf tropical rainforest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America. [4], The name Amazon is said to arise from a war Francisco de Orellana fought with the Tapuyas and other tribes. [54] The highway still has not been completed, limiting the environmental damage. The rainfall in the Amazon rainforestranges from as low as 2,000 mm to as high as 10,920 mm annually. Vampire bats dwell in the rainforest and can spread the rabies virus. [96], According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the combination of climate change and deforestation increases the drying effect of dead trees that fuels forest fires. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Between 1970 and 2016, Brazilian Amazon forest cover declined from some 1,583,000 square miles to about 1,283,000 square miles. [8], Nine countries share the Amazon basin—most of the rainforest, 58.4%, is contained within the borders of Brazil. [18] This debate has proved difficult to resolve because the practical limitations of working in the rainforest mean that data sampling is biased away from the center of the Amazon basin, and both explanations are reasonably well supported by the available data. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. The aerosol scale (yellow to dark reddish-brown) indicates the relative amount of particles that absorb sunlight. (2003) State Power and Indigenous Peoples in Peruvian Amazonia: A Lost Decade, 1990–2000. [7], During the Amazon rubber boom it is estimated that diseases brought by immigrants, such as typhus and malaria, killed 40,000 native Amazonians. The stability of rainforests can be influenced, in part, by the ability of trees to regulate rainfall on a regional scale. [37] This constitutes the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world. The dust contains phosphorus, important for plant growth. Aerosols over the Amazon each September for four burning seasons (2005 through 2008). From 66 to 34 Mya, the rainforest extended as far south as 45°. Major wildlife includes jaguars, manatees, tapirs, capybaras and other rodents, and several types of monkeys. In the river, electric eels can produce an electric shock that can stun or kill, while piranha are known to bite and injure humans. The main sources of deforestation in the Amazon are human settlement and development of the land. With all that heat, humidity and rainfall, people might wonder what makes a place like the Amazon rainforest so attractive to tourists. His name for this lost civilization was the City of Z. [47] Malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever can also be contracted in the Amazon region. In all Amazon regions there are rainy and dry seasons. The 2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires season saw a year-to-year surge in fires occurring in the Amazon rainforest and Amazon biome within Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru during that year's Amazonian tropical dry season. [citation needed] A study published in Nature Communications in October 2020 found that about 40% of the Amazon rainforest is at risk of becoming a savanna-like ecosystem due to reduced rainfall. [5], Tribal societies are well capable of escalation to all-out wars between tribes. * At the time where it is consistantly raining, the Amazon produces an amazing 60-180 inches of water! [29] The BBC's Unnatural Histories presents evidence that Orellana, rather than exaggerating his claims as previously thought, was correct in his observations that a complex civilization was flourishing along the Amazon in the 1540s. [98][99] Additional severe droughts occurred in 2010, 2015, and 2016. Analyses of sediment deposits from Amazon basin paleolakes and the Amazon Fan indicate that rainfall in the basin during the LGM was lower than for the present, and this was almost certainly associated with reduced moist tropical vegetation cover in the basin. The first 10 days of August 2020 witnessed 10,136 fires. About 1,000,000 km2 (250,000,000 acres) have been put onto some sort of conservation, which adds up to a current amount of 1,730,000 km2 (430,000,000 acres). In the 1990s the Brazilian government and various international bodies began efforts to protect parts of the forest from human encroachment, exploitation, deforestation, and other forms of destruction. The average plant biomass is estimated at 356 ± 47 tonnes per hectare. [62], The European Union–Mercosur free trade agreement, which would form one of the world's largest free trade areas, has been denounced by environmental activists and indigenous rights campaigners. [92] A 2006 article in the UK newspaper The Independent reported the Woods Hole Research Center results, showing that the forest in its present form could survive only three years of drought. In this region sunlight strikes Earth at roughly a 90-degree angle resulting in intense solar energy. The Amazon region is the largest and probably the oldest forest area in the world; it also ascends the…. . Isotopic studies of rainwater…, …the largest part of the Amazon region, most of the Guianas, southern and eastern Venezuela, the Atlantic slopes of the Brazilian Highlands, and the Pacific coast of Colombia and northern Ecuador. [6] The accounts of missionaries to the area in the borderlands between Brazil and Venezuela have recounted constant infighting in the Yanomami tribes. La Republica Oligarchic. A possibility causing the variation is the Sahel, a strip of semi-arid land on the southern border of the Sahara. Over time, more dense growth occurs and more water is trapped as the rainforest grows. Among the largest predatory creatures are the black caiman, jaguar, cougar, and anaconda. [104] Satellites in September recorded 32,017 hotspots in the world's largest rainforest, a 61% rise from the same month in 2019. In the Amazon it rains almost all year round! The Amazon carries a large volume of water contributing 20% of global river runoff to the oceans. One in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon rainforest. Some Amazon forests occur in climates that can also support savannas, and this natural phenomenon is not recent. The forest widens from a 200-mile (320-km) front along the Atlantic to a belt 1,200 miles (1,900 km) wide at the Andean foothills. Leaves expand during the dry season when sunlight is at a maximum, then undergo abscission in the cloudy wet season. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Bolivia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. [78], In July 2019, the Ecuadorian court forbade the government to sell territory with forests to oil companies. [63] The fear is that the deal could lead to more deforestation of the Amazon rainforest as it expands market access to Brazilian beef. Excellent timber is furnished by the mahogany and the Amazonian cedar. Isaacson, Andy. CALIPSO regularly tracks the Sahara-Amazon dust plume. Amazonian evergreen forests account for about 10% of the world's terrestrial primary productivity and 10% of the carbon stores in ecosystems[70] – of the order of 1.1 × 1011 metric tonnes of carbon. NASA satellite observation of deforestation in the Mato Grosso state of Brazil. [82], Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest region has a negative impact on local climate. [30] Terra preta is found over large areas in the Amazon forest; and is now widely accepted as a product of indigenous soil management. Some 5 million people may have lived in the Amazon region in AD 1500, divided between dense coastal settlements, such as that at Marajó, and inland dwellers. New research however, conducted by Leydimere Oliveira et al., has shown that the more rainforest is logged in the Amazon, the less precipitation reaches the area and so the lower the yield per hectare becomes. the forest traps and uses the water and excess water evaporates from the forest, creating more clouds to start the cycle again. The rainfall in the Amazon region is said to be decreasing due to indiscriminate deforestation. [65][66][67] In August 2019 there were a record number of fires. This consistent sunlight provides the essential energy necessary to power the forest via photosynthesis. Deforestation of the Amazon River basin has followed a pattern of cutting, burning, farming, and grazing. The other eight countries include Peru with 12.8%, Bolivia with 7.7%, Colombia with 7.1%, Venezuela with 6.1%, Guyana with 3.1%, Suriname with 2.5%, French Guyana with 1.4%, and Ecuador with 1%. Mean temperatures are above 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Cox, Betts, Jones, Spall and Totterdell. [51] Farms established during the 1960s were based on crop cultivation and the slash and burn method. [36] As the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the Americas, the Amazonian rainforests have unparalleled biodiversity. It typically rains every day and rainfall is consistent throughout the year, indicating a year long rainy season. [97], In 2010, the Amazon rainforest experienced another severe drought, in some ways more extreme than the 2005 drought. [83] It was one of the main causes of the severe drought of 2014–2015 in Brazil. [46] Various species of poison dart frogs secrete lipophilic alkaloid toxins through their flesh. They also pledged a $100m biodiversity conservation fund for the Amazon led by the private sector. [43] To date, an estimated 438,000 species of plants of economic and social interest have been registered in the region with many more remaining to be discovered or catalogued. 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The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests,[2] and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. [48] In 2018, about 17% of the Amazon rainforest was already destroyed. By 2016 the state oil company Petroecuador had begun to drill and extract petroleum from the park. [41], The biodiversity of plant species is the highest on Earth with one 2001 study finding a quarter square kilometer (62 acres) of Ecuadorian rainforest supports more than 1,100 tree species. Brazil holds approximately 60 percent of the Amazon within its borders. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. Rainfall in the Andes spills over into the Ecuador Amazon Basin-raising water levels of the Napo River and its tributaries and continuing down into Peru until the overflow reaches the Amazon River. The transformation from forest to farm is evident by the paler square shaped areas under development. The region is home to about 2.5 million insect species,[38] tens of thousands of plants, and some 2,000 birds and mammals. Given the objectivity and lowered costs of satellite-based land cover analysis, it appears likely that remote sensing technology will be an integral part of assessing the extent and damage of deforestation in the basin. Wet tropical forests are the most species-rich biome, and tropical forests in the Americas are consistently more species rich than the wet forests in Africa and Asia. [93][94] Scientists at the Brazilian National Institute of Amazonian Research argued in the article that this drought response, coupled with the effects of deforestation on regional climate, are pushing the rainforest towards a "tipping point" where it would irreversibly start to die. The yearly Sahara dust replaces the equivalent amount of phosphorus washed away yearly in Amazon soil from rains and floods. Since the 1970s, numerous geoglyphs have been discovered on deforested land dating between AD 1–1250, furthering claims about Pre-Columbian civilizations. Despite the large rainfall amounts a high proportion of this is lost to the atmosphere via evapotranspiration of the dense vegetation occupying large areas of the river basin. Brazil holds approximately 60 percent of the Amazon basin within its borders, and some 1,583,000 square miles (4,100,000 square km) of this was covered by forests in 1970. [30][33] The BBC's Unnatural Histories presented evidence that the Amazon rainforest, rather than being a pristine wilderness, has been shaped by man for at least 11,000 years through practices such as forest gardening and terra preta. In the 20th century, Brazil’s rapidly growing population settled major areas of the Amazon Rainforest. As indigenous territories continue to be destroyed by deforestation and ecocide, such as in the Peruvian Amazon[76] indigenous peoples' rainforest communities continue to disappear, while others, like the Urarina continue to struggle to fight for their cultural survival and the fate of their forested territories. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. One hectare in the Peruvian Amazon has been calculated to have a value of $6820 if intact forest is sustainably harvested for fruits, latex, and timber; $1000 if clear-cut for commercial timber (not sustainably harvested); or $148 if used as cattle pasture.[75]. To date, at least 40,000 plant species, 2,200 fishes,[39] 1,294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptiles have been scientifically classified in the region. The forest widens from a 200-mile (320-km) front along the Atlantic to a belt 1,200 miles (1,900 km) wide where the lowlands meet the Andean foothills. The Amazon Tropical Rain Forest is the largest rainforest on Earth and covers around 40% of the continent of South America. Fires and deforestation in the state of Rondônia, One consequence of forest clearing in the Amazon: thick smoke that hangs over the forest, Impact of deforestation on natural habitat of trees, Environmentalists are concerned about loss of biodiversity that will result from destruction of the forest, and also about the release of the carbon contained within the vegetation, which could accelerate global warming. 2000. [31][32] Ondemar Dias is accredited with first discovering the geoglyphs in 1977, and Alceu Ranzi is credited with furthering their discovery after flying over Acre. Humans settled in this location around 11,200 years ago and that’s one of the most surprising facts ever recorded in archaeology. Tropical rainforests lie in the "tropics", between the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. So despite the popular perception, there has been no economical advantage for Brazil from logging rainforest zones and converting these to pastoral fields. On average, there are 200 days with rain showers in the jungle, making a good rain jacket a must! This impressive region provides essential ecological services, stabilizing the world’s rainfall patterns and storing massive amounts of carbon that mitigate climate change. The mean annual deforestation rate from 2000 to 2005 (22,392 km2 or 8,646 sq mi per year) was 18% higher than in the previous five years (19,018 km2 or 7,343 sq mi per year). The higher rainfall could make more vegetation grow in the Sahel, leaving less sand exposed to winds to blow away. Barreto, P.; Souza Jr. C.; Noguerón, R.; Anderson, A. Scientists have described between 96,660 and 128,843 invertebrate species in Brazil alone. Several tribes of the Jivaroan group, including the Shuar, practised headhunting for trophies and headshrinking. CALIPSO uses a laser range finder to scan the Earth's atmosphere for the vertical distribution of dust and other aerosols. [72][73] However, simulations of Amazon basin climate change across many different models are not consistent in their estimation of any rainfall response, ranging from weak increases to strong decreases. Editorial Lexus 2000 p. 925. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. In 1989, environmentalist C.M. [59] Although deforestation declined significantly in the Brazilian Amazon between 2004 and 2014, there has been an increase to the present day. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/place/Amazon-Rainforest, World Wide Fund for Nature - Amazon rainforest, Amazon Rainforest - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). Amazon Rainforest Waterfall. Some scientists argue that the rainforest was reduced to small, isolated refugia separated by open forest and grassland;[17] other scientists argue that the rainforest remained largely intact but extended less far to the north, south, and east than is seen today. [19], NASA's CALIPSO satellite has measured the amount of dust transported by wind from the Sahara to the Amazon: an average 182 million tons of dust are windblown out of the Sahara each year, at 15 degrees west longitude, across 2,600 km (1,600 mi) over the Atlantic Ocean (some dust falls into the Atlantic), then at 35 degrees West longitude at the eastern coast of South America, 27.7 million tons (15%) of dust fall over the Amazon basin (22 million tons of it consisting of phosphorus), 132 million tons of dust remain in the air, 43 million tons of dust are windblown and falls on the Caribbean Sea, past 75 degrees west longitude.[20]. Climate of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. The Amazon is thought to have 2.5 million species of insects. The amount of forest cover declined to some 1,283,000 square miles (3,323,000 square km) by 2016, about 81 percent of the area that had been covered by forests in 1970. When rain amounts in the Sahel are higher, the volume of dust is lower. For full treatment, see South America: Amazon River basin. The Central and Northern Andes and the Amazon River basin and drainage network. Amazon Rainforest makes you enjoy the rainfall of leaves, pleasant breeze and amazing parts of nature. Within the last 5–10 million years, this accumulating water broke through the Purus Arch, joining the easterly flow toward the Atlantic.[14][15]. Dissertation Abstracts International, 15–17, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) (2004). For the river, see, Sahara Desert dust windblown to the Amazon, Impact of early 21st-century Amazon droughts.
California is also on fire, so is the Arctic Circle, and now Australia’s bushfire season is underway. However, conservation slowed forest loss to roughly 0.1–0.2 percent per year between 2008 and 2016. Britannica Kids Holiday Bundle! Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). [89] Currently, most tribes in the Amazon do not have clearly defined boundaries, making it easier for commercial ventures to target their territories. Brazil's role in deforestation of the Amazon rainforest has been a significant issue since the 1970s, as 60% of the Amazon is contained within Brazil, designated as the Brazil's Legal Amazon (Amazônia Legal, BLA). [106], "The Amazon" and "Amazonia" redirect here. This highway represented a major threat to the Amazon rainforest. Bullet ants have an extremely painful sting, Parrots at clay lick in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador, Deforestation is the conversion of forested areas to non-forested areas. [27] However, recent anthropological findings have suggested that the region was actually densely populated. [87] Furthermore, remote sensing is the best and perhaps only possible way to study the Amazon on a large scale.[88]. 70 percent of South America's GDP is produced in areas that receive rainfall or water from the Amazon. Anthropogenic emission of greenhouse gases broken down by sector for the year 2000. As the Andes Mountains rose, however, a large basin was created that enclosed a lake; now known as the Solimões Basin. This forest is the largest tropical forest remaining on earth. [103] However, President Jair Bolsonaro turned down the existence of fires, calling it a "lie", despite the data produced by his own government. Star attraction of the place: Tropical rainforests lie in a zone that has intense solar energy, which brings about convection of air thus loses moisture to the atmosphere which is one of the factors that lead to frequent and heavy downpours. 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