Monday, August 22, 2016

Getting to know the Amazon (in my 7 Continents AB)

As promised, we are visiting the Amazon today.  Of course, I'm joining Art Journal Journey where this month the theme, Nature's Wonders, was chosen by our host Gill of Gibby Frogett Craftations.

The Amazon covers about 50% of Brazil.

The Amazon river contains about 1/5 of the world's free-flowing fresh water.

The Amazon rain forest is vital to Brazil.

Both flora and fauna coexist here.

Like with every natural wonder, there are risks involved when visiting.

Materials for this side include my used file folder as my substrate that I painted turquoise using a sea sponge.  Three images were taken from three travel magazines, and information gathered from the internet was computer generated.  One 3-D item was included for this side.

Side two shows the Amazon river and its tributaries, the biggest in the world, and the Amazon rain forest, a broadleaf forest, the largest in the world, are both called the Amazon, most of which is found in Brazil.

Lily pads line the river

where over two and a half times as many freshwater fish species as any other river can be found.  In fact, over 400 mammal species, 1,300 types of birds, almost 400 reptile species, at least 3,000 types of fish, over 400 species of amphibian, and 40,000 plant species call the Amazon home.

The Amazon rain forest has four layers: the emergent layer, the canopy, the understory, and the forest floor. 

The tallest trees in the forest are the emergents, towering as much as 200 feet above the forest floor with trunks that measure up to 16 feet around.  In the Amazon, they are primarily broadleaf.

The canopy is the primary layer of the forest and forms a roof over the two remaining layers. 

Many animals live in the understory, or underbrush, including jaguars, red-eyed tree frogs, and leopards.  There is also a large concentration of insects in the understory.

The forest floor receives practically no sunlight, so most things, plants, animals, and trees etc., begin to decay quickly. 

Nature has a way of protecting itself, so the Amazon is truly one of nature's wonders.

Materials include the opposing side of the used file folder, also colored using a sea sponge.  Three images were taken from three travel magazines, and information gathered from the internet was computer generated.  One 3-D item was included for this side, too.

I greatly appreciate your visit and hope you learned something about the amazing Amazon, as I did.  Please don't forget to visit Art Journal Journey and Gill to see even more of nature's wonders.

12 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful pages about the Amazon. I used to dream of visiting there, but don't think I will be able to make it any more, pity, as it must be a very fascinating place. Thanks for sharing your great pages at Art Journal Journey. Have a good week, hugs, Valerie

Blogoratti said...

That's really interesting and a nice theme. Warm greetings!

Sami said...

I've been to Brazil, but never visited the Amazon, which must be fascinating.
Lovely post Elizabeth.

chrissie said...

Amazing to see all of these wonders. Thank you for sharing your wonders.

Love Chrissie xx

Gibby Frogett said...

This was such a fascinating and enjoyable post - thank you -
and truly is full of nature's wonders .
The facts and figures are quite mind blowing and you're pages are really wonderful.
Gill x

My name is Erika. said...

Your pages make me want to visit the Amazon, even though it is steamy hot. (We finally got comfortable beautiful summer weather today and I can't think of steamy hot right now.)I bet it is an amazing place. Except I don't want to do that bridge you showed. Gives me the chills looking at it. That river and the forest next to it harbors so much life that I can't even imagine it. I did a teacher trip a few summers ago to the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica which is the largest unbroken track of rain forest in Central America, and that was amazing. I try to picture that only bigger in Brazil, and then add in that HUGE river. Your pages are great today- as you can probably tell, inspiring me. Hope your week starts off in a good way and you are dry-time for you guys to get some better weather. Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Gorgeous pages about the Amazon! AWESOME!
Thank you for another fantastic entry for AJJ dear Elizabeth!

~*~Patty S said...

Great pages for this gem of a place on our planet E!
Interesting info.
The Amazon's importance certainly is far reaching.
We took photos of an Amazionian waterlily yesterday that I'll be sharing for T this week.
Such a fascinating and exotic part of the world.

Meggymay said...

Wonderful pages and photos, but I have to say I enjoyed reading all the facts and details you added, what an amazing site it would be to see that part of the world.
Yvonne xx

sheila 77 said...

I wish you had been my Geography teacher as I found Geography at school to be the most boring subject ever, but you, with your art and words together, make it fascinating.

pearshapedcrafting said...

A fabulous two pages - I love that sponged background! The Amazon and the Rain Forests are certainly a Nature's Wonder! The information you have included here is so interesting! Hugs, Chrisx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wonderful pages, the Amazon is an amazing place! Your sea sponge background is lovely. Thanks for sharing this wonder, I have learned lots :-). Wishing you a happy week! J :-)