BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a trip to the 4,000 mile long Amazon River in South America? Have you ever wondered what kind of plants and animals are there on that river with over 1,000 tributaries? Or maybe you"re more interested in the land and the people surrounding it. If so, read on. The Amazon has a lot to offer and this article can in no way suffice for the absolute beauty experienced by actually being there, but it will give a sense, at least, that is my hope.
How about that water? There obviously an enormous amount of water that flows through that river. But did you know that that number is astronomically huge? Nearly 4.2 million cubic feet of water dump out of the mouth of the river every second. The water of this river also contains over 1,500 species of fish! If you are from Nebraska, you know that the Elkhorn river comes nowhere near that number. You jump in the Elkhorn and risk being infested by numerous diseases, chemicals, and other putrid slurries. But, if you jump in the Amazon, there isn't much to fear except poisonous snakes and man-eating fish. Don't mind the piranhas though; they are just trying to make a living like the rest of us.
The plants of Amazonia are of equal interest. The plants are extremely numerous. In fact, some regions of the Amazon are rain forests. Isn't it just picturesque? Maybe you are a fan of vanilla, cashews, chocolate, bananas, or maybe you are in the tire business (rubber). All of these resources are found in the plants that line the banks of Amazon and the forests thereof. These plants not only support the life contained in all of the animals of the Amazon, but also the natives that still are uncivilized and live in the bush. Plants in the Amazon are awesome.
Don't get caught up in all the ballyhoo of the plants, because the animals are even more interesting and commoving. One of the more famous creature of the Amazon region would have to be the jaguar.