The Amazon Basin—Lungs of the Planet
Lecture no. 10 from the course: The World's Greatest Geological Wonders
Taught by Professor Michael E. Wysession | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
The Amazon River collects rainfall from a huge region, called the Amazon basin. Trace the basin’s extensive network of tributaries, which produce 20% of the fresh water that flows into the ocean. Furthermore, the basin’s lush vegetation is responsible for 20% of all oxygen in the atmosphere.