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for one or two years after they clear cut the rainforest down. The low amount of nutrients makes the land almost useless after two years. The land is still not as fertile as farmers need even before all nutrients are stripped from the soil. These tropical jungles contain at least half of the world’s species of plants and animals. An estimate of 30 million different species calls the rainforest their home. According to a report that was done by the United States national Academy of Science, every 4-square-mile patch of rainforest contains up to 1,500 species of flowering plants, as many as 750 species of trees, 125 species of mammals, 400 specials of birds, 150 species of butterflies, 100 species of retiles, and 60 species of amphibians (Michael G.). It is not only the proportion of life, but the diversity as well that makes rainforests so important to the world. Many of the strangest and most beautiful plants and animals are found in the rainforest. There are still hundreds of millions of new species of plants, insects, and microorganisms that have still not been discovered yet. For millions of years species have adapted to the rainforest. Many species are so small and their habitats are so small they can be very difficult to find. Although this makes these plants and animals unique in their own way to their environment, this also makes it very easy to
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Hirsch endanger them. Deforestation cuts down and destroys these species homes and sadly these animals begin to die out and eventually they may become instinct. Amazingly, rainforests contain 2/3 of all living animals and plants on earth. A study done by Liza Reef shows that the entire continent of North America contains only 17,000 plant species, but a much smaller area such as the Amazonian Basin has over 50,000 (Barbara Taylor, 1992) . Sadly, people cut down these jungles and burn them down for agriculture reasons, limber, and for new settlements. People all over the world gather products from these tropical forests on a daily basis, such as chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, rubber, and hundreds of medicines. Within the next century all these products may no longer exist due to the results of the deforestation. Not only are animals and plants being affected, but also our oxygen. Tropical rainforests produce around 40% of the world’s oxygen. Cutting and burning down the rainforests releases massive amounts of greenhouse gases. Some of these gases are carbon dioxide, methane’s, nitrous oxide, and several other chemicals that negatively affect our atmosphere. Due to the rainforests supplying us with so much oxygen it helps clean the atmosphere to help us breathe. Our oxygen is being affected by this deforestation, but also our weather patterns. The
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