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  • 1. The AmazonThe Amazon By Omar MadridBy Omar Madrid
  • 2. What is it?What is it?  Is the largest rainIs the largest rain forest in the world.forest in the world.  Largest river andLargest river and fresh water in thefresh water in the world.world.  One fifth of freeOne fifth of free flowing fresh waterflowing fresh water in the world. (worldin the world. (world wildlife)wildlife)
  • 3. What is it?What is it?  Home to thousandsHome to thousands of species. 1 of 10of species. 1 of 10 in the world.in the world.  Still discoveringStill discovering more and moremore and more species.species.  3 species found3 species found every 3 daysevery 3 days (wwf).(wwf).
  • 4. What is it?What is it?  More than 20 percent of worlds air isMore than 20 percent of worlds air is produced in this rain forest alone.produced in this rain forest alone. (Amazon rainforest)(Amazon rainforest)
  • 5. Were is it?Were is it?  It is located inIt is located in South America.South America.  It is shared by 9It is shared by 9 countries.countries.  60 percent of it is60 percent of it is in Brazil and coversin Brazil and covers almost half thealmost half the country.country.  3.4 million sq.3.4 million sq. miles.miles.
  • 6. ProblemsProblems  Deforestation is aDeforestation is a big problembig problem  August of 2006-August of 2006- July2007 theJuly2007 the governmentgovernment reported thatreported that deforestation haddeforestation had fallen for the thirdfallen for the third consecutive year.consecutive year. (Amazon(Amazon rainforest)rainforest)
  • 7. ProblemsProblems  With in that time period the BrazilianWith in that time period the Brazilian government reported that more thangovernment reported that more than 2.7 million acres had disappeared.2.7 million acres had disappeared.  This is equal to about 4 football fieldsThis is equal to about 4 football fields per minute.per minute.  Scientist predict that by 2030 we willScientist predict that by 2030 we will lose 55% of the Amazonian rainlose 55% of the Amazonian rain forest. (wwf)forest. (wwf)
  • 8. ProblemsProblems  But animals live there too!But animals live there too!  According to the World wild life fundAccording to the World wild life fund a report has shown that 1,200a report has shown that 1,200 species were found with in thespecies were found with in the periods of 1999-2009.periods of 1999-2009.  But as deforestation continues thatBut as deforestation continues that number will start to fall.number will start to fall.
  • 9. ProblemsProblems  The burning of the forest isThe burning of the forest is a problem with the localsa problem with the locals that own the land.that own the land.  According to the WWF weAccording to the WWF we lose a football field a daylose a football field a day because of fire.because of fire.  Other problems areOther problems are incorrect farming, miningincorrect farming, mining that contributes to soilthat contributes to soil erosion and watererosion and water contamination, oil pipecontamination, oil pipe lines, road project,lines, road project, population growth, Damspopulation growth, Dams for hydro-electrical power,for hydro-electrical power, oil and gas explorationoil and gas exploration
  • 10. How is it affecting us?How is it affecting us?  The Amazon has still yet to be fullyThe Amazon has still yet to be fully discovered. New plant life and animals arediscovered. New plant life and animals are found every day.found every day.  Currently according to (rain tree) theCurrently according to (rain tree) the western world uses about 25% of plants inwestern world uses about 25% of plants in Pharmaceuticals.Pharmaceuticals.  U.S. National Cancer Institute “3,000U.S. National Cancer Institute “3,000 plants that are active against cancer cells.plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. 25% of the active ingredients inrainforest. 25% of the active ingredients in today's cancer fighting drugs come fromtoday's cancer fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rain forest”organisms found only in the rain forest”
  • 11. How is it affecting us?How is it affecting us?  Deforestation is also driving away or killing theDeforestation is also driving away or killing the indigenous people of the Amazon. Many of whichindigenous people of the Amazon. Many of which have the knowledge of the plants for medicinalhave the knowledge of the plants for medicinal purposes.purposes.  According to (rain tree) Every time a medicineAccording to (rain tree) Every time a medicine man dies it is as if a library has burned down. Orman dies it is as if a library has burned down. Or if he doesn’t pass down his knowledge to the nextif he doesn’t pass down his knowledge to the next generation its like losing thousands of years ofgeneration its like losing thousands of years of irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants.irreplaceable knowledge about medicinal plants.  There were more than ten million Indians fiveThere were more than ten million Indians five centuries ago, today there are less than 200,000.centuries ago, today there are less than 200,000. (rain tree)(rain tree)
  • 12. SolutionsSolutions  Educating the public can help a lot. WithEducating the public can help a lot. With knowledge every one knows what theyknowledge every one knows what they should do and don’t.should do and don’t.  The Local government should also take theThe Local government should also take the effort to take care of the rain forest. Toeffort to take care of the rain forest. To see that there is more profit to be madesee that there is more profit to be made with the keeping of the forest, than to cutwith the keeping of the forest, than to cut it down, as well as the companies thatit down, as well as the companies that want to destroy it.want to destroy it.
  • 13. Solutions in placeSolutions in place  There are many organizations thatThere are many organizations that are fighting to keep the rainforest.are fighting to keep the rainforest.  Some governments are alreadySome governments are already trying to preserve the rain forest,trying to preserve the rain forest, and stop companies from tearingand stop companies from tearing them down.them down.
  • 14. ConclusionConclusion  We must respect the land that weWe must respect the land that we are given and leave things the wayare given and leave things the way that they are.that they are.  Education in how these naturalEducation in how these natural wonders will help in keeping the rainwonders will help in keeping the rain forest.forest.
  • 15. BibliographyBibliography  Raintree.com 2006Raintree.com 2006  Worldwildlife.org 2010 world wild life fundWorldwildlife.org 2010 world wild life fund  Amazon-rainforest.org 2004 Amazon-rainforestAmazon-rainforest.org 2004 Amazon-rainforest  Mongabay.com 2010 mongabayMongabay.com 2010 mongabay  Projectamazonias.org 2009 project AmazoniansProjectamazonias.org 2009 project Amazonians