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What Is Biodiversity?

WHAT LIVES IN THE AMAZON?

What is biodiversity, and why is it important?

Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.

Biodiversity boosts the productivity of an ecosystem. Each species no matter how large or small plays an important role in their habitat. Changes in one part of an ecosystem will affect other parts of the ecosystem. Higher numbers of diversity creates more food and promotes symbiotic relationships(a mutually beneficial relationship) between species. This abundance helps to sustain life forms and ensure a healthy environment that can withstand and recover from disasters.

Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources.

The Amazon is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, containing roughly 30% of the world’s species. The species of the Amazon rainforest make up the giant food web of life and death that sustains the very fabric of the ecosystem. Without diversified populations the Amazon’s ecosystem can fail, become emptier, and impoverished. Even though the Amazon may seem far away to some, its Biodiversity is important to the overall health of our planet by keeping its forests strong and resilient and providing us with its continuous global benefits.

The Amazon containins roughly 30% of the world’s species.

From the Blog: Biodiversity

Exploring Brazil’s Rainforest with Dr. Lovejoy

Exploring Brazil’s Rainforest with Dr. Lovejoy

by Matthew Abeler Artist for the Amazon They sound like orcs in the Lord of the Rings.Strange thoughts cross my mind at 6:00 a.m. Is there a dinosaur loose in the Amazon? A few days into the rainforest, I learned quickly not to fear the howler monkeys. They're just...

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