The Amazon Rainforest

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Amazon Rainforest Brazil A tropical rainforest is characterized by having large quantities of rainfall throughout the year and warm temperatures. Tropical rainforests are the terrestrial biomes with the highest biodiversity (Biggs, et al 72). The largest of all tropical rainforests is the Amazon Rainforest. It covers parts of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Venezuela (Facts on File; Amazon Rainforest). The Amazon Rainforest has many notable geographical features and characteristics. The Amazon Rainforest covers more than half of Brazil’s total surface area (Facts on File; Amazon Rainforest). The Amazon River is one of the main geographical features that lies in the Amazon Rainforest, which is the basin in which the Amazon River…show more content…
It receives tremendous amounts of rainfall throughout the year, which surpasses 200 cm of rainfall per year. The patterns of rainfall are nearly constant, raining an average of 200 days each year in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. This immense rainfall leads to abounding floods in the Amazon Rainforest. The many tributaries of the Amazon River are also subject to flooding. Relating to its position near the equator, an estimate of 50% of its rain is returned to the atmosphere due to the process of evapotranspiration (Facts on File; Amazon River). This large percentage of evaporated water is affected by the factors of position near the equator and the biodiversity of plants. The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil has a constant temperature that ranges from 24°C-27°C (Facts on File; Amazon…show more content…
It is likely that the destroyed areas will not regenerate with the same diversity as before (World Book; Amazon Rainforest). Humans have impacted Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest through the clearing of land for cattle ranches, logging, mining, agriculture, and construction operations (Facts on File; Amazon River). 80% of the logging done in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil is done illegally (Facts on File; Amazon Rainforest). This destroys the habitats of organisms as well as the organisms themselves, and it disrupts the way organisms live in the rainforest (Facts on File; Amazon River). Many plant species can be used to create drugs in order to treat diseases such as cancer,
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AIDS, and Alzheimer’s (Blue Planet Biomes). With the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest by human impact, humans themselves are destroying the possibility for the cures of diseases. The Amazon Rainforest in Brazil contains the habitats of a vast number of species. Many of those habitats are unexplored and not in the knowledge of scientists. Its climatic conditions and organisms make it a unique place to study. Even with the knowledge that the Amazon Rainforest may contain plants that can be used for cures for diseases, some humans still negatively affect it with full consent. The fact that it contains half of the world’s species and is the most diverse terrestrial biome is quite

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