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The Amazon Rainforest, Earth's Most Biodiverse Locale

The Amazon accounts for 40% of the world's rainforest and provides 20% of our planet's fresh water. Through evaporation, the forest recycles 7 trillion tons of water annually.

The burning and clearing of this precious land has caused vast portions of this once humid area to dry up and scorch in the sun. The result is more forest fires and millions of tons of carbon dioxide being sent into the atmosphere each year, adding on to the quickening trend of global warming.

The argument for exploration and development of the Amazon is that the country needs to produce more jobs and to use its natural resources to its best advantage. Perhaps this progress is inevitable, but there are alternatives to the exploration currently in action, alternatives that do not cause the devastation of the important environment.
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