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Amazon Rainforest

  1. 1. • Amazon Rainforest
  2. 2. • Amazon Rainforest Facts: - Largest rainforest in the world (1.4 billion sq. miles) - Provides 20% of earth’s oxygen
  3. 3. • 79 degrees average temperature • 80 inches average yearly rainfall
  4. 4. • Trees grow to over 200 ft. Hotel Monaco (SLC) 214 ft.Walker Center (SLC) 220 ft.
  5. 5. - 10 million species of plants, animals and insects - 90% of plants/trees have not yet been studied for science.
  6. 6. • Cumulus clouds over the Amazon Rainforest/Amazon River Delta
  7. 7. • Layers of the rainforest Draw on board and have students draw!!!
  8. 8. The rainforest canopy
  9. 9. Bridges amidst the canopy
  10. 10. Toucan – the iconic symbol of the Amazon
  11. 11. Scarlet Macaw Poison Dart Frogs Brown Capuchin Monkey Jararaca Pit Viper Black Jaguar Cotton-top Tamarin Monkey Capybara - largest rodent in the world
  12. 12. Pit Viper
  13. 13. Anaconda
  14. 14. Jaguar
  15. 15. Red-eyed Tree Frog
  16. 16. • Deforestation (vocab.) of the Amazon Rainforest (human modification) good or bad?
  17. 17. • How much has been destroyed?
  18. 18. • About 20% Just think of all of the untapped resources/treasures (esp. medicines) that have already been lost/destroyed.
  19. 19. • The burning/cutting has slowed down quite a bit lately, however, it is still going on.
  20. 20. • Why is the rainforest being cleared/destroyed?
  21. 21. • The rainforests are cleared for: 1. Farming 2. Ranching 3. Logging. btw - the land/soil is not very arable.
  22. 22. • Slash-and-burn agriculture (vocab.) – farming technique in which forest or other vegetation is cleared and burned to put nutrients (ashes) into the soil.
  23. 23. Satellite image of Amazon Rainforest burning
  24. 24. • Destruction vs. Sustainability (maintain) - Which pays better?
  25. 25. • Logging - $1,290 per acre (one-time profit) • Cattle pasture - $61 per acre per year
  26. 26. • Sustainability!!! Sustainable forest products (food, medicine, rubber) - $2,762 per acre per year
  27. 27. • Chico Mendes (Brazil) - “Defender of the Rainforest” - Informal education (self-taught) - Rubber tapper - Environmentalist & union leader - Murdered/assassinated in 1988 @ age 44 http://www.youtu be.com/watch?v= kY6h2IpevMY http://www.yout ube.com/watch? v=PXr1eC_bWFo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =qNx8qCVs-Io&feature=related

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