Biodiversity in the Amazon

Information on the Amazon Rainforest

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Location

The Amazon spans over eight rapidly developing countries. These countries are Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. The Amazon contains 1.4 billion acres of dense forests, half of the planet's remaining tropical forests. It also has 4,100 miles of rivers, and 2.6 million square miles in the Amazon basin, which is about 40 percent of South America.
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Importance of the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest has a lot of rain, which deposits water to the Amazon Basin. The Amazon Rainforest also has around 390 billion trees, which is good for the air quality in the region. Tens of millions of people in the area depend on the Amazon Rainforest, whether it's for transportation in the rivers, reducing air pollution, or providing fish from the rivers for the people to use and eat. Finally, the Amazon Rainforest is the home for many different kinds of species, making it one of the most interesting regions when it comes to biodiversity.

Harmful Activities (pollution, air pollutoin from cars, wooding, and overfishing)

There are many harmful activities that happen in the Amazon Rainforest. People engage in too much fishing, which can be harmful to the fish species in the area. There is car use in the area, which pollutes the air. Finally, because there are so many trees in the area, people engage in activities that involve cutting trees down which causes them to affect the air in a negative way because the living trees are good for the air.

Deforestation

Protection Efforts

With national and international funding and the leadership of the Brazilian government, ARPA will achieve its ultimate goal and help protect a place that helps stabilize our planet’s climate, harbors one in ten known species, and provides a home for 30 million people. “There's nothing bigger than ARPA. It's the biggest conservation project of all time,” said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF.

Brad Kathman