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Location: The Amazon rainforest lies within an area comprising about one-third of the South American continent, defined by the watershed (drainage area) of the Amazon River. It occupies a region in the northern portion of the continent, from central Brazil and Bolivia up to the northern coasts of Venezuela and the Guyanas to Central America.
Location: The Amazon River flows west to east across South America, approximately along the equator
Temperature: 70° to 90°F during the day, 60° to 70°F at night (Mountainous areas on the edge of the Amazon Basin can be considerably cooler.)
Rate of destruction: 18,000 square kilometers per year on average since 1990 in Brazil alone.
Total population: 20 million people
Earliest settlements: 15 to 10,000 B.P. (this figure is disputed)