Sunday, October 23, 2005

Amazon on PBS

Just watching a special on PBS. Amazing facts about the Amazon Jungle:

1/5 of the world's oxygen is generated in the Amazon.

1/5 of the world's fresh water is located in the Amazon.

A single tree is 160 feet high, is the giant of the Amazon. It's brazil nuts harvests $50k a year.

85% of the Amazon has not been explored yet. Some native tribes living inside have no idea of an outside world.

A pod dropped from the tree is the size of a cannon ball. It travels 55 mph as it hurls to the forest floor. Agouti shells the cannon ball, finds the seeds inside, and buries them and forgets where.

It takes a tree some 500 years to grow.

It makes me appreciate how important the earth resources really are.

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb ... That's where the fruit is. -Anonymous