The Amazon Rainforest in South America is an interesting and complex ecosystem. It is
home to where almost half of the world's species of plants and animals live. It is a sad fact that humans are quickly destroying one of the world's most
valuable natural assets. What was once a vast rainforest is rapidly shrinking. There are many reasons why deforestation is taking place. People who participate in
cattle ranching, logging, mining, farming, and road
construction all contribute to the destruction of the rainforest. When the rainforest is
cut-down at the alarming rate it has been, the earth loses 137 species of plants and
animals each day. The information provided on this disappearing rainforest can be a
starting point to educate both kids and adults on this important issue.
Amazon Rainforest General Deforestation Facts
The Amazon Rainforest stretches throughout South America from Brazil to Venezuela to
Columbia and parts of Ecuador and Peru encompassing a billion acres of land.
About one quarter of the western medicine used today has ingredients that originated in
the Amazon Rainforest. With so many unidentified trees and plants, it is logical to
conclude that many more have medicinal value that has not yet been discovered. If
deforestation continues, we may never know how many more have potential to help save
People need oxygen to survive and the Amazon's trees and plants are responsible for
providing more than 20% of the world’s oxygen. That is why the Amazon was given the
nickname, Lungs of the Planet.
People from around the world rely on the Amazon for a huge portion of their daily diets.
Fruits, nuts, rice, corn, coffee, potatoes, vegetables, spices, and many other
important foods are grown here. The availability of these foods will become scarce if the rainforest, as we know it, disappears.
Facts about Amazon Rainforest Deforestation by the Brazilian Government
The government as well as individual people are responsible for destroying the
rainforest. The Brazilian government thought it would be a good idea back in the 1970s
to integrate the rainforest with civilization and created 9000 miles worth of roadways
right through the rainforest. To do this the forest was cleared and countless trees were
There was an unanticipated consequence of the government building roadways through the
rainforest. Various types of farmers were able to more easily reach the rainforest and
started clearing more of the land for their own use.
Brazil has finally put into place many policies and penalties which aim to deter both
individuals and corporations from further deforestation. They have implemented more
stringent law enforcement, satellite monitoring and designated areas that are completely
Facts about the Effects of Amazon Rainforest Deforestation
Deforestation has led to the decline of indigenous tribes, both contacted and un-contacted, in the Amazon as their homeland is invaded and destroyed.
Pesticides used in farming in the Amazon end up in the rivers and kills fish. With more species of
fish found here than in the entire Atlantic Ocean, this is certainly cause for concern.
Other detrimental effects to the earth include:
pollution of the water and air
less oxygen and more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere