25 Wild Things About The Amazon That Make It One Of The Most Unique Places On Earth

Posted by , Updated on February 24, 2016

The Amazon is a crazy place. It’s filled with things that you would never expect or know were there. Did you know that a sizable portion of all the drinking water in the world can be found in the Amazon? The Amazon River has a greater flow of water than the next 8 largest rivers in the world combined! That is a lot of water to deal with. And did you know that the vast majority of the world’s millions of different species can be found in the Amazon rainforest? It is a hotbed of life! In fact, it is so huge that there are several uncontacted tribes living deep in the jungle. This means that they have not yet made any contact with the outside world. And these are but a few of the wild things that make the Amazon one of the most unique places on Earth.

The history of the Amazon can be quite astounding as well. There are few things as interesting or intriguing to a scientist as the Amazon rainforest. But we don’t want to give all the juice facts away. Keep on reading because these are 25 wild things about the Amazon that make it one of the most unique places on Earth!

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A newly discovered, blind, and subterranean ant species in the Amazon is thought to be a direct descendent of the very first species of ant

A newly discovered, blind, and subterranean ant species in the Amazon is thought to be a direct descendent of the very first species of antSource: utexas.edu, Image: wikipedia
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Some ants in the Amazon are known for raiding neighboring colonies and taking slaves

Some ants in the Amazon are known for raiding neighboring colonies and taking slavesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Martin Strel, a long distance swimmer from Slovenia, once swam the entire length of the Amazon in just over 2 months

Martin Strel, a long distance swimmer from Slovenia, once swam the entire length of the Amazon in just over 2 monthsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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For three weeks every year the full moon causes a tidal wave to roll up the Amazon river every single night. Some surfers have been known to ride the wave for over 10 kilometers

For three weeks every year the full moon causes a tidal wave to roll up the Amazon river every single night. Some surfers have been known to ride the wave for over 10 kilometersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Underneath the Amazon is another river. It is about 4 km deeper, significantly wider, and just as long. It has been named the Rio Hamza.

Underneath the Amazon is another river. It is about 4 km deeper, significantly wider, and just as long. It has been named the Rio Hamza.Source: guardian.com, Image: wikipedia

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20% of the world's oxygen comes from the Amazon Rainforest

20% of the world's oxygen comes from the Amazon RainforestSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Although numerous expeditions in the past tried to find the lost ancient cities of the Amazon that were rumored to be covered in gold, scientists eventually started doubting that civilization could prosper in such harsh conditions and on such infertile soil.

Although numerous expeditions in the past tried to find the lost ancient cities of the Amazon that were rumored to be covered in gold, scientists eventually started doubting that civilization could prosper in such harsh conditions and on such infertile soil.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Scientists have found evidence of terra preta, or dark soil, covering vast patches of the Amazon. They think that ancient civilizations covered the ground with this man-made and nutrient rich soil which would have allowed cities and farms to be built

Scientists have found evidence of terra preta, or dark soil, covering vast patches of the Amazon. They think that ancient civilizations covered the ground with this man-made and nutrient rich soil which would have allowed cities and farms to be builtSource: nationalgeographic.com, Image: wikipedia
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17 year old Juliane Koepcke landed in the middle of the Amazon when her plane crashed. All 91 other passengers died but she walked for 10 days before rescuers found her

17 year old Juliane Koepcke landed in the middle of the Amazon when her plane crashed. All 91 other passengers died but she walked for 10 days before rescuers found herSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Amazon is thought to have 2.5 million species of insects and more than half are thought to live in the canopy of the Amazon.

Mating pair of stick grasshoppers (family Proscopiidae), camouflaged on a spiny branch in the rainforest, EcuadorSource: ehow.com
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There are tribes in the Amazon that have not yet been "contacted" and some scientists are against doing so

There are tribes in the Amazon that have not yet been "contacted" and some scientists are against doing soSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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There is a theory that the Amazon is actually a giant orchard that is left over from a civilization that flourished in the area nearly 3,000 years ago

There is a theory that the Amazon is actually a giant orchard that is left over from a civilization that flourished in the area nearly 3,000 years agoSource: qi.com, Image: wikipedia
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The Amazon River dumps so much fresh water into the ocean, that for nearly 100 miles off shore the ocean is less salty than normal

The Amazon River dumps so much fresh water into the ocean for nearly 100 miles off shore the ocean is less salty than normalSource: rfadventures.com, Image: wikipedia
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The mouth of the Amazon River is so large that it encloses an island named Marajo. The crazy part? Marajo is roughly the size of Switzerland.

The mouth of the Amazon River is so large that it encloses an island named Marajo. The crazy part? Marajo is roughly the size of Switzerland.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Amazon used to flow into the Pacific but it changed directions

The Amazon used to flow into the Pacific but it changed directionsSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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A certain fungus discovered in Amazon (Pestalotiopsis microspora) can actually live exclusively on a diet of plastic

A certain fungus discovered in Amazon (Pestalotiopsis microspora) can actually live exclusively on a diet of plasticSource: factcoexist.com, Image: wikipedia
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In terms of water flow, the Amazon River is bigger than the next 8 largest rivers on Earth combined!

In terms of water flow, the Amazon River is bigger than the next 8 largest rivers on Earth combined!Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Henry Ford once built a "work village" in the Amazon to harvest rubber. Today Fordlandia is an abandoned ghost town

Henry Ford once built a "work village" in the Amazon to harvest rubber. Today Fordlandia is an abandoned ghost townSource: npr, Image: wikipedia
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Arapaimam is a 300 pound fish that lives in the Amazon and is covered in armor to protect it from piranha bites

Arapaimam is a 300 pound fish that lives in the Amazon and is covered in armor to protect it from piranha bitesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Scientists have found that winds in the Bodélé depression of the Sahara Desert sweep 40 million tons of dust across the Atlantic Ocean and onto the Amazon Basin every single year.

Scientists have found that winds in the Bodélé depression of the Sahara Desert sweep 40 million tons of dust across the Atlantic Ocean and onto the Amazon Basin every single year.Source: iop.org, Image: wikipedia
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One days worth of water flowing out of the Amazon River is equal to 12 years of water usage by the entire city of New York. The river actually accounts for 20% of the world's fresh water

One days worth of water flowing out of the Amazon River is equal to 12 years of water usage by the entire city of New YorkSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Amazon is packed with so much biodiversity that a single bush can potentially have more species of ants than the British Isles...and that's just ants.

AntsSource: Mongabay.com, Image: Wikipedia
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The Amazon got its name when female warriors attacked Spanish explorer Francisco Orellana. He named the river Rio Amazonas as he compared the female warriors to the Amazons of Greek mythology

The Amazon got its name when female warriors attacks Spanish explorer Francisco Orellana. He named the river Rio Amazonas as he compared the female warriors to the Amazons of Greek mythologySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The Amazon is home to over 3,000 fruits. By comparison, western cultures are known to eat around 200

The Amazon is home to over 3,000 fruits. By comparison, western cultures are known to eat around 200Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The rainforest is home to more than half of the world's 10 million species of animals

The rainforest is home to more than half of the world's 10 million species of animalsSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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