The Amazon Rainforest

By: Alan Ferguson

Importance of the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is such an important region of the world. There are many different aspects that make it a unique, diverse part of the world, but the most evident one is the fact that it is the home to 1/10 of all known species on earth. Without the Amazon rainforest, thousands of species would quickly become extinct.

Location

The Amazon rainforest is located in parts of nine different countries throughout South America. Those countries are Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana, an overseas territory of France.
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Threats and Solutions in the Amazon Rainforest

Illegal and unsustainable natural resource extraction, Ex: gold mining, oil exploration, illegal logging, over-harvesting of fish and other aquatic species. Climate change is another large problem in the Amazon Rainforest. Poorly planned infrastructure is yet another issue that poses a threat to the Amazon Rainforest. There have been several laws and regulations put into place to prevent the destruction of certain parts of the Amazon rainforest. Also, to assist it in recovery from the damage that has been previously done by deforestation, forests are being replanted in the place of the old ones. Overall, people are doing their best to help the Amazon rainforest heal from previous damage, and prevent future damage from being done.

Deforestation

Having destroyed 20% of the Amazon rainforest, deforestation is probably the largest threat overall. However, it is also the problem being treated the most, with solutions such as laws and regulations being put into place to prevent future deforestation. Furthermore, new trees are also being planted in the place of the old ones, so the region can heal and be replenished. As depicted in the photograph below, deforestation ruins large areas of land. The Amazon rainforest is being scarred every day by massive amounts of deforestation and it is mandatory that we put a stop to it before it is too late to save it!
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By: Alan Ferguson