Keith: So, in honor of Geography Awareness Week, we are bringing you some geo pop quizzes from exotic places Channel One has visited. Maggie Rulli is up first to see how much you know about our planet.
Maggie: I am here in Ecuador in the Amazon Basin, a region of waterways that flow into the Amazon River, the largest river in the world.
So here is your geo pop quiz question: How many countries make up the Amazon Basin? Is it:
Take ten to think it over.
The right answer is “D,” 9.
The Amazon Basin can be found in the countries of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the territory of French Guiana.
Located right around the equator, the Amazon River Basin is sometimes called The River Sea because it is so big that it makes up one-fifth of all the fresh water on the planet. And it dumps about 8 trillion gallons of that fresh water into the Atlantic Ocean every single day. That adds up to the size of 2,000 backyard swimming pools every second. In these waters, experts say there is more than 5,000 species of fish. And that includes the flesh-eating kind, like piranhas. Let’s not forget about snakes, because these waters also have anacondas, one of the largest snakes in the world, weighing up to 500 pounds.
So, yeah, I think I’ll stay out of the water for now!
But that water is also responsible for sustaining a whole lot of life in the Amazon rainforest, like the more than 40,000 types of plants, at least 1,500 species of birds, and more than two-and-a-half million different kinds of insects. That adds up to one in ten known species on Earth all calling the Amazon rainforest home.