In the Amazon jungle, there are 180,000 species of insects unknown, but to identify them all, it will take at least 3,600 years.
This was stated by the National Institute of investigations on the Amazon (INPA), lamenting precisely the lack of taxonomists (specialists concerned with distinguishing species) and pointing out that, at this time, in the most 'largest forest in the world work only twenty entomologists.
The Amazon is a rainforest, largely understood in Brazilian territory, covering an area equal to 42% of that of Europe. From the far western edge of the forest, at the foot of the Andes, to the shores of the Atlantic, there are 3200 km.
The Amazon also has the largest basin in the world and is the second longest river after the Nile.
Rightly it has been said that the Amazon is a kind of planet in its own right.
The rain forest will thrive in its richest forms: the undergrowth is well developed, the trees and vegetation air, forming a nearly continuous coverage.
Here live 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 125 mammals, 100 species of reptiles and 60 amphibians. E 'was calculated in each individual tree live 400 types of insects.
The Amazon is more of an ecosystem, a large forest, a vast country to protect: the Amazon is our future.
Just over a fifth of the planet's original forests remained preserved, those that remain at least half is seriously threatened by mining and agricultural man, but above all exploitation for commercial extraction of timber.
With its 370 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon is the largest expanse of primary forest in the world, a third of the total forests around the planet.
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