Out of the six Brazilian ecosystems, the Amazon rainforest ecosystem - Amazônia - is the largest of them all, covering about 47% of the national territory, embracing the States of Amazonas, Roraima, Rondônia, Pará, Amapá, Acre, Mato Grosso and Tocantins.
It is also the largest forest formation in the world, an area that sprawls ten degrees to the North and South of the equator line that includes nine South American countries or 2/3s of the continent.
An ecosystem can be defined as a community of plants and animals associated with specific climatic conditions and non-living (abiotic) features, the interactions that take place between animals, plants, soil, nutrients and other living organisms within a specific area.
This huge laboratory of life, provably the most secret link between humans and nature, is blessed by plenty of sunshine and a permanent wet, humid condition that favors every manifestation of living organisms.
To learn more about the rainforest, its layer structure, climate and threats posed to the environment by deforestation and other issues responsible for the massive destruction it has suffered in the last fifty years, please visit the following pages...
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