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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

Freshwater Species of the Amazon

Freshwater Species of the Amazon

In addition to harboring high levels of terrestrial biodiversity, the Amazon basin also contains the largest share of freshwater species in the world due to the immense size of the basin and the variety of aquatic habitat available [1]. Freshwater species in the...

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Medicinal Secrets of the Amazon Rainforest

Medicinal Secrets of the Amazon Rainforest

Here in Detroit, spring is on the horizon. Green leaves are starting to poke out of the ground-- early sprouting crocuses and bulbs, clover, and crab grasses. As the harsh cold of winter thaws, it’s time to start thinking about this spring’s gardens and what we’ll...

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Amazon Night Sky

Amazon Night Sky

A streetlight flickers on and off by my window at varying intervals, dimming out slowly with an orange glow. Having moved to Detroit from central Virginia, I’m discovering the differences between living in a semi-rural environment and city dwelling. One change is how...

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Cloud Forests

Cloud Forests

Cloud forests: how magical they sound! I picture tall trees swirling with clouds, or perhaps trees floating on clouds…My curiosity has percolated long enough that I simply must find out about these forests. As I learn about the many rainforest ecosystems and their...

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