Essay Amazon Rainforest : A World 's Largest Natural Resource

1851 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 8 Pages
The Amazon Rainforest covers approximately 2,650,000 square miles of land in South America, more than one third of the entire continent. It is full of natural resources, such as fruits, vegetables, pharmaceuticals derived from plants, oils used for perfumes and detergents, and woods. Comprised of the largest collection of living plant and animal species in the world, this rainforest is also home to hundreds of indigenous tribes, each with their own language, culture, and territory(USA TODAY, 2012). The Amazon has given the world so much, and in return we have destroyed more than 20 percent of this rainforest, by clearing the trees for logging operations, mining operations, farming, and much more. This not only threatens the lives and future of many native tribes, but also endangers many animal and plant species. Imagine a world without paper and medicines. By damaging the world’s largest natural resource, we may find ourselves struggling to compensate for what we have lost.
Also known as Amazonia, the Amazon Rainforest is one of the world’s greatest natural resources. The Amazon River, for which the Rainforest was named for, begins in the Peruvian Andes and expands over the northern half of South America. The river is approximately 4,080 miles long, and lies in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, and the Guyanas. Almost thirty billion gallons of water travel to the Atlantic Ocean every minute (Blue Planet Biomes, 2003). True to its name, the…

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