Brazil

We will be running through the heart of Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest.. here are some incredible facts to think about as we run……BRAZIL

Considered the most biodiverse country in the world: with the most mammals, insects, amphibians, fresh water fish, plants….

Brazil’s endemic species include: golden-lion tamarind, Spix’s macaw, Brazilian coral snake, black arowana fish, Brazilian salmon pink tarantula………..

Brazil owns 1/3 of the world’s rainforest, with  c. 57% of Brazil is Amazonia.

40% of 20,000 plant species in Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest are endemic.

Brazil is home to the Pantanal; an immense wetland, larger than France, supporting over 35,000 plants species, > 650 bird species and >400 fish species.

Cerrado (savannah) occupies 21% of Brazil, it contains 160,000 plants, fungi & animal species.

The Iguacu Falls straddle Argentina & Brazil for 2.68km, with 275 falls.

Brazil is the 5th largest population in the world; 190,000,000 people, with a 1.02% growth rate.

Brazil has the 7th largest economy in the world. Its most important sector at 66%  are services (autoparts, lumber).

Famous long-distance runners: Marílson Gomes dos Santos, Vanderlei de Lima.

http://ww.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35640.htm

http://geography.about.com/od/brazilmaps/a/brazilfacts.htm

http://lntreasures.com/brazil.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildlife_of_Brazil