Deforestation in the Amazon region has been steadily increasing at a near exponential rate

Deforestation in the Amazon region has been steadily increasing at a near exponential rate

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Peter Schnelle A40321951 9-10-08 ISB 201L Deforestation affects all of us in more ways than we can ever imagine. It does much more than just reduce habitat for animals, it alters watersheds, changes erosion patterns and disrupts the entire ecological makeup of a particular area. In this paper we will discuss the possible effects of deforestation on one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Malaria and how its devastation is being increased by worldwide deforestation through a case study in the Amazonian rainforest and its rapid deforestation. Deforestation in the Amazon region has been steadily increasing at a near exponential rate. This rapid and extreme change in the ecosystem has raised many environmental issues. The rainforest is now populated by people and farms instead of trees and animals. Instead of a vast drainage system, we have crop and livestock fields that are full of open air pools that are perfect for mosquito larvae. One of the questions being asked is, how does this affect us? And more specifically, how does this affect one of the world’s most deadly pathogens, malaria. The Amazon region is an area of the world that is rich with both life and the building
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2009 for the course ISB 201L taught by Professor Fritz during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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