|South American Facts...
- South America is the 4th largest continent accounting for 12% of the world’s land area.
- The continent is comprised of 12 countries and 2 political units
- Tropical rain forests cover more than 1/3 of the continent. The forest of the Amazon basin is the world’s largest
tropical rain forest.
- The Amazon is South America’s longest river (4,000 miles long) and the widest river in the world. It carries 1/5
of the world’s fresh water.
- The Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the world’s driest places.
- Population of South America is ~323 million.
- Aconcaqua at 22,381 feet in the Argentinian Andes mountain range is the highest peak in South America and
in the Western Hemisphere.
- South America is home to more than 25% of all known kinds of mammals.
- South America’s largest wild land animal is the hoglike “tapir” which lives in the Amazon region and grows to
the size of a pony.
- The Amazon River Basin is home to the anaconda, the world’s largest snake, which can grow to as long as 30
- South America is home to the “capybara”, the world’s largest rodent (dubious honor?).