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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.

For the past 10 years a new species has been discovered every 3 days in the Amazon. Humans benefit from the amazon’s plant and animal species and rely on the diverse natural resources of the Amazon for a variety of products including fresh water, oxygen, minerals, and food. With the destruction of the Amazon, we reduce our access to these resources.

COOL FACTS ABOUT BIODIVERSITY IN THE AMAZON

AROUND 80% OF THE FOOD WE EAT ORIGINALLY CAME FROM RAINFORESTS. SOME OF THE MORE POPULAR EXAMPLES INCLUDE COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, RICE, TOMATOES, POTATOES, BANANAS, BLACK PEPPER, AND CORN.

THERE ARE NEARLY 1 MILLION INSECTS KNOWN TO SCIENCE IN THE AMAZON BASIN.

MANU NATIONAL PARK, IN PERU, CONTAINS AT LEAST 1,307 SPECIES OF BUTTERFLIES- TWICE THE NUMBER FOUND IN THE U.S.

THE BLUE MORPHO BUTTERFLY’S WINGS ARE SO IRIDESCENT THAT THEY CAN BE SEEN UP TO ONE-HALF A MILE AWAY.

70% OF PLANTS FOUND TO HAVE ANTICANCER PROPERTIES ARE FOUND IN THE RAINFOREST.

THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 80,000 PLANT TAXA WITHIN THE AMAZON KNOWN TO SCIENCE.
THERE ARE TWO TIMES THE NUMBER OF MAMMAL SPECIES IN THE AMAZON AS THERE ARE IN THE UNITED STATES.
IN A 60 ACRE PLOT IN THE AMAZON, SCIENTISTS FOUND 1,104 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF TREES, JUST UNDER WHAT IS FOUND IN ASIA, EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA COMBINED.
A LARGE KAPOK TREE CAN PRODUCE AN ESTIMATED 650,000 FLOWERS WHICH CONTAIN 200LITERS OF NECTAR WHEN BLOOMING

From the Blog: Biodiversity

Amazon Rainforest Trees As Sentient Beings

Amazon Rainforest Trees As Sentient Beings

by Sarah duPont  "Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” ― Kahlil Gibran  The Amazon Rainforests has the largest amassing of trees, holding three times more trees than stars in the Milky Way. There are around 390 billion trees-so many that they make...

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