Amazon Rainforest is the largest forest in the world. It is spread over eight countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname and is located in South America. It covers 2 million square kilometres (772 thousand square miles). The Amazon River flows through it and it contains vast reservoirs of water which is very important for its dense vegetation.
There are more than 3 million different species living in the rainforest but only less than 10% has been identified by scientists. Majority of them are insects.
Some sections of the rainforest are protected by law but illegal logging continues due to demand for new construction, furniture and paper industries. This has caused international concern on climate change as well as environmental changes across South America that affect millions who live there or depend on its resources for daily life needs.
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest source of oxygen in the planet Earth, which makes it a very important place not just for us but also for all living things around us.