Simple Amazon Rainforest Deforestation Map
34 million people live in the amazon and depend on its resources.
Simple amazon rainforest deforestation map. Students analyze a map to identify and describe multiple landscapes in the amazon rain forest the organisms that inhabit those landscapes and the role of the forest in the water cycle and nutrient cycle. Recent studies suggest that conserving and restoring tropical forests could provide at least 30 percent of the solution to climate change. Then they construct a scientific argument for the effects of deforestation on the local ecosystem and the water and nutrient cycles. Not all tree cover loss is caused by deforestation.
It is home to earth s largest rainforest as well as. The amazon rainforest spans 670 million hectares. It spans at least 6 million square kilometers 2 3 million square miles nearly twice the size of india. It is the world s richest and most varied biological reservoir containing several million species.
The amazon basin is exceptional. Between 90 140 billion metric tons of carbon is stored in the amazon forests. The amazon did not evolve to burn but for centuries fire has been used to clear space in the rainforest for agricultural crops from soybeans to palm to cattle. Losses can occur for other reasons such as fires and sustainable forestry operations.
The amazon rainforest acts as the lungs of the earth absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and helping to regulate the global climate. Deforestation often leads to fire. Forest losses in the amazon biome averaged 1 4 million hectares per year between 2001 and 2012 resulting in a total loss of 17 7 million hectares mostly in brazil peru and bolivia. Please read part 2 part 3 and part 4 for a more complete picture of amazon deforestation.
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