Amazon Rainforest Lab Report

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Parag Santhosh Biology 102: Lab Section 18 Ecosystem A: Tropical Rainforests The Amazon Rainforest is one world’s preeminent rainforest, and it stretches over many South American countries, such as Columbia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. It constitutes for over half of the world’s rainforests, and is also the most species-dense rainforest in the world (Srinivastava 12). Due to expanding economies of countries like Brazil, which currently enjoying rapid economic growth, wide-scale deforestation occurs in the Amazon, and the area lost is thought to be close to 600,000 km², twice the size of Portugal (Silverstein 13). The cause of deforestation is primarily thought to be for agricultural activity, especially livestock grazing. Land is cleared for usage by livestock farmers, and more increasingly, for cultivation of cash crops like soy, which contributes greatly to the Brazilian farming economy.
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