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Augustina WatsonRoads in a RainforestAssignment SummaryFor this assignment, you will conduct research and evaluate how various roads that have been built inrainforests impact people and the Earth. Based on your research and evaluation, you will write a positionpaper expressing whether you are for or against the building of roads in rainforests. Then, you will share anddiscuss with your classmates your position.Background InformationEven if you live far away from rainforests, these ecosystems are important to you—and to the entire planet.They are important to the well-being of our planet. Because rainforests are so large, their trees produce a lot ofoxygen that ensures the survival of many species. They also take in huge amounts of carbon dioxide, whichcan reduce or maintain levels of global warming. Rainforests provide a home for many unique plants andanimals. Additionally, the rainfall that rainforest receive helps maintain the water cycle for the entire planet.Rainforests are also a source for medicine and foods—the products of the rainforest sustain the people wholive there. They are a great place to visit, too! So how might building roads in these crucial ecosystems affectthe rainforests—and beyond?

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