At 6.9 million square kilometers (2.72 million square miles), the Amazon Basin is roughly the size of the forty-eight contiguous United States and covers some 40 percent of the South American continent.
What percent of South America is rainforest?
Brazil’s forests cover 64 percent of its land area, but in the Amazon region the percentage is much higher, approximately 85 percent. Other countries are below 60 or 50 percent.
Chapter 43. Tropical South America.
|Country/area||Total South America|
|Forest area 2000||885 618|
|Area change 1990-2000 (total forest)||-3 711|
Are we going to lose the rainforest?
Rain forests that once grew over 14 percent of the land on Earth now cover only about 6 percent. And if current deforestation rates continue, these critical habitats could disappear from the planet completely within the next hundred years.