Interesting facts about the Amazon

The Amazon River in South America is the second longest river in the world after the Nile. It is 4, 080 miles long and flows from the Andes Mountains in Peru through Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon contains more water than any other river in the world. In one second, the Amazon pours more than 55 million liters of water into the sea. This body of water is fed by some 15, 000 tributaries, heavy tropical rains and melting snow from the Andes. The Amazon basin covers more than two-fifths of South America. The Amazon rainforest covers an area equal to 12 Frances and is home to more plant and animal species than anywhere else on Earth.

The Amazon had many names after its discovery by Vincente Pinson in 1500. But they named her at the end in honor of the female warriors - the Amazons.