FARMING IN THE AMAZON According to Ladatco, the Amazon is the largest and densest rainforest in the world. Its vegetation represents 1/3 of the worlds remaining forest and provides about 15% of the earth’s new oxygen. It is located in northern South America and covers 2.5 million miles. It runs through eight countries and the second largest river is in the Amazon. The rainforest contains almost 40000 different plant species.
It is a moist broadleaf that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. B. It represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests and it comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. C. Amazon rainforest is getting smaller and smaller due to anthropic factors and nonhuman factors. IV.
The Amazon Rainforest is and has always been a miraculous and extremely marvelous wonder of the world. It is the home to native Akawaio Indians (exactly how many is unknown), 358 mammal species, 15 percent of the world’s primates, as well as over 55,000 species of plants. Currently, 24 species of mammals and 1,000 plant species are threatened to extinction largely and mainly because of mass deforestation. Columbia's Amazon Rainforest is well over 55 million years old, has had human inhabitants both living in and visiting there for as far back as man can remember. Although old and beautiful in its existence, it is also very dangerous.
Cattle ranching contributes greatly to the demise of the amazonian rainforest. In Brazil, small-scale agriculture represents one third of the rainforest lost per annum. Mother Nature plays her own part in the deforestation of the Amazon using fires, droughts and tropical storms. In Columbia, the rainforest is mostly destroyed by poor farmers trying to make drug plantations. They do this because it generates more income than any other crop.
Seven plant families are only found here, the highest number of any biodiversity hotspot in the world. The plant family didiereaceae, composed of four genera and 11 species, is limited to the spiny forests of southwestern Madagascar. Four-fifths of the world's pachypodium species are endemic to the island. Three-fourths of Madagascar's 960 orchid species are found here alone, as are six of the world's eightbaobab species. The island is also home to around 170 palm species, three times as many as are found on mainland Africa; 165 of these are endemic.
----------------------- Week 8 – TTL Group Activity – Transnational reworking of a rural livelihood The Amazon rainforest, or also known as the Amazonia; is one of the world’s greatest natural resources. Described as the “Lungs of our Planet”, approximately 20% of Earth’s oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest. The Amazonia possesses is some of the riches and diverse ecosystems, with over 500 mammal species, over 300 reptiles species, and a third of the world’s bird population. As the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazonia covers approximately 40% of the Southern American continent. Today the Amazonia has had 20% of its forest destroyed as a result of cattle ranches, mining, logging and agriculture.
Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It’s size is unmatched by other rainforests, because it covers over forty percent of South America, and is present in nine different countries. The total area of the Amazon consists of 1.7 billion acres, with 1.4 billion acres of dense forests. It is such a vast ecosystem, providing a home to one-fifth of the worlds plants and birds, as well as one-tenth of the world’s mammals. It is easy to see why this rainforest is so marveled upon.
The Killer of the Amazon Rainforest The Amazon rainforest, located in Brazil, is an essential part of our planet. According to the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER), the Amazon rainforest holds over two thirds of all the fresh water found on Earth and also produces twenty percent of Earths oxygen supply. Unfortunately, a devastating transformation is taking place throughout the majority of the forest because of the process of deforestation. There are many negative impacts that come with this. Some of which include, global warming, destruction of habitat, and soil erosion.
Mbuti of the Ituri Rain Forest Mbuti of the Ituri Forest The Mbuti are hunters-gatherers of the Ituri Rain Forest. They are an egalitarian society of foragers in the tropical rain forests of Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). The Mbuti are known for hunting with nets and over half of their carbohydrate food intake is obtain by a villager exchange system. This paper will explore and detail the Economic Organization, Kinship and Belief and Values of the Mbuti. The Mbuti or BaMbuti are hunter-gathers that live primarily in the rain forests of Africa.