Biology- Rainforest Essay

Biology- Rainforest Essay - Eric Paliuca Lab Section 14...

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Eric Paliuca Lab Section 14 Essay Topic: Tropical Rainforests The South American Amazon Rainforest is one of many rainforests under severe threat of complete extinction. Not long ago, rainforests covered 14% of the globe, and now they cover only 6%. Estimates say that in 40 years, rain forests will be gone if deforestation continues at the current rate (about 1.5 acres every second.) Of course, along with deforestation comes the problem of losing plant, animal and insect species. About 50,000 species every year are lost. Several solutions have been designed and implemented across the world and the continued support by everyone is vital in order to maintain the small portion of rainforests we have left. The Amazon covers more than 1.2 billion acres, representing two-fifths of the enormous South American continent, and is found in nine South American countries: Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname. With 2.5 million square miles of rainforest, the Amazon rainforest represents 54 percent of the total rainforests left on Earth. With all of this forest, comes an essential part of the recycling of carbon dioxide into oxygen. It is estimated that more than 20% of Earth’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon (blueplanetbiomes.) The Amazon is very ecologically important for many reasons. The first is that it is
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