The cradle of biodiversity
Where and what is it?
How is it important?
Native Fauna and Flora
Amazon RIver Dolphin
These dolphins are native to the Amazon river and are specially adapted for the tight bends of the river, being more flexible and able to bend.
Brazil Nut Tree
These trees, as the name suggests, are the source of Brazil nuts which are a food crop and are also used for oils.
The source of chocolate!
Yes! The common household and garden plant comes from the Amazon rainforest.
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The bark of this tree provides quinine which is used to fight Malaria.
Rosewood is a decorative lumber that has its roots in the Amazon.
The Amazon is a major source of rubber latex which has a large variety of uses.
What is happening?
A popular method of deforestation is called "slash and burn," where plants are cut down and burned, hence the name. Since removing trees means less CO2 filtering and burning creates CO2, slash-and-burn essentially fuels global warming which is also a threat to global warming. The absence of trees also prevents the soil from being kept in place by roots, causing the loss of fertile soil and bringing about more land and mudslides.
The destruction of the Amazon means that endangered and indigenous species that live in the forest are losing their habitat and face the risk of extinction.
How are we helping?
By Seth McElfresh