Word of the Week: Amazonia

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Amazonia, or the Amazon rainforest, is the world’s largest rainforest. It covers an area of around 2,124,000 square miles across 9 countries, including Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, and is home to the world’s largest river.

The rainforest has a huge range of species; 1/10th of the world’s known species can be found in the Amazon. It is the only habitat in the world home to the Amazonian Manatee, Giant River Otters, and the Black Caiman. A large number of animals found here are deadly, including the Green Anaconda, Piranhas, Jaguars, Bull Sharks, and the Brazilian Wandering Spider.

It’s probably worth a mention too, that Amazonia can also refer to a type of fungus, an indoor park in Scotland, a Wonder Woman comic, a Brazilian satellite, and a village in Missouri, among other things!

Last modified: 9th March 2016

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