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The Amazon Rainforest Internet Assignment

Purpose: This assignment’s goal is to expose you to basic facts about the Amazon rainforest as well as introduce you to some of the wildlife and people that live inside it. You will also understand how the rainforest affects the nations and people of South America and how it is facing unique challenges in the modern world.

Part I (Overview): Use www.worldwildlife.org/places/amazon and follow the directions carefully to complete this assignment.

  • 1. Review the photograph. Choose one descriptive word (adjective) that comes to mind and explain how it relates to the image.

  • 2. Click on “Overview” and review the information, including the visuals. List the 8 nations that the Amazon rainforest is located in. Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname

  • 3. Click on ―Forest Habitat‖ and review the information there, including the visuals. A ―forest‖ can vary based on several factors. What are these four factors?

Depending on their latitude, local soil, and rainfall and prevailing temperatures.

  • 4. What makes rainforests special? They provide habitat for a vast array of plants and animals. They protect our watersheds. They inspire wonder and provide places for recreation. They supply the oxygen we need to survive. They provide the timber for products we use every day.

  • 5. Worldwide, how quickly is deforestation occurring? How quickly is it occurring in the Amazon? Use statistics from the reading to explain your answer.

    • a. Worldwide Some 46-58 million square miles of forest are lost each yearequivalent to 36 football fields every minute

    • b. Amazon The Amazon lost at least 17% of its forest cover in the last half century due to human activity.

  • 6. Scroll down to the ―Why They Matter‖ section. Scroll through the three images and review the captions. List and explain why rainforests matter.

    • a. Unique Biodiversity

    • b. People Depend on the Forests

    • c. Carbon Sink

  • 7. Return to the main page (www.worldwildlife.org/places/amazon) and scroll down to the ―Species‖ section. Choose three animals found in the Amazon and describe them in the chart.

  • Animal

    Description

    Red Panda

    The red panda is slightly larger than a domestic cat with a bear-like body and

    thick russet fur.

    Red pandas are very skillful and acrobatic animals that

    predominantly stay in trees. Red pandas are herbivores and live primarily in Himalayas

    Animal

    Description

    Chimpanzee

    In their habitat in the forests of central Africa, chimpanzees spend most of their days in the tree tops. They live in the Congo Basin and Chimps travels on two Legs like humans.

    Jaguar

    Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive. Jaguars can get up to 6 feet in length. Jaguars are carnivores. Jaguars are getting hunted witch is a sad issue.

    Part II (Native Peoples): Use www.survivalinternational.org/about/amazontribes to learn about the native peoples of the Amazon rainforest.

    • 8. How many people live in the Amazon rainforest, and how are they organized?

    There is about One million Indians living in the Amazon. They are divided into about 400 tribes, each with its

    own language, culture and territory.

    • 9. To what extent have they had contact with outsiders? Explain your response.

    Many have had little to no Contact with outsiders in over 500 years, this is probably because they want to keep

    their culture preserved and they probably couldn’t talk to the outsiders anyway due to them speaking different

    languages.

    • 10. Create a t-chart that compares and contrasts your daily life with that of the people of the Amazon. Include at least four points of comparison.

    Compare- We both have access to Health Care, Sometimes I will help grow food with my mom in a garden similar to hoe they grow their own food.

    Contrast- I am not nomadic and I stay in one place, I don’t rely on hunting for food

    • 11. Why are land rights so important to the Amazon tribes? Read the text and watch the video clip in the ―Land = Life‖ section to answer this question.

    The land rights are so important to the Amazon tribes because they have dyed fighting for land. It’s important to the Amazon tribes because they have lived on the land for so long that it is really important to them and they want to pass it down to their children.

    • 12. Do you think most Americans agree with the viewpoint expressed by the woman in the video clip? Explain. I don’t think that Americans care that much about the viewpoint expressed by the woman in the video clip because Americans are rude and only care about industrialization and making things modern.

    Part III (Current Challenges): Use www.theguardian.com/environment/amazon-rainforest to research some of the current challenges facing the Amazon rainforest. Please be mature in handling photographs of native people, as their dress is quite different from ours!

    • 13. Choose articles that interest you about each of the topics in the chart. Read them and complete the chart.

    Challenge

    Impact (2 sentences)

    Possible Solutions (2 sentences)

    Deforestation

    Deforestation leaves many impacts, such as the biodiversity has no place to live. The

    We can prevent Deforestation by passing laws to stop the entering of illegal wood

    trees help to create oxygen that we need to

    into America. Also the Cooperation’s can

    survive. The forest also absorb the carbon emission which is needed.

    make impacts by using zero-deforestation policies.

    Mining/Drilling

    Mining and Drilling impacts the animals in the forest from pollution. Mining and Drilling also impacts the water because the

    Protesting against Mining and Drilling could persuade them that it is impacting the Rainforest. They could be Mining and

    water becomes all polluted.

    Drilling in a different area so it doesn’t

    affect the animals and water.

    Crime

    The crime is going up over conflicts with land or mining. Criminal gangs were destroying the Rainforest by burning it down and selling the land.

    There could be more officials helping to protect the Rainforest. They would arrest the gang members to control to stop the destroying of the Rainforest.

    • 14. Go to edition.cnn.com/2013/07/25/sport/football/football-brazil-world-cup-manaus/index.html and review the article there. What challenges did the rainforest pose for Brazil in its efforts to prepare for the 2014 World Cup? The challenges that the Rainforest had on the efforts to prepare for the 2014 World Cup were that that had to build the entire stadium in time. They had some parts of the stadium were built in different areas such as South Brazil, Portugal, and Germany. Building was a problem because of the intense rainy seasons they had.

    • 15. How did the region’s emphasis on environmental protection influence the stadium project? They made the stadium so that the Rain water could water the field to save on water. The Stadium uses the wind and sunlight to help power the stadium. The Indigenous Tribes like the eco-friendly stadium and how it works.

    Mining/Drilling Mining and Drilling impacts the animals in the forest from pollution. Mining and Drilling also
    Mining/Drilling Mining and Drilling impacts the animals in the forest from pollution. Mining and Drilling also
    Mining/Drilling Mining and Drilling impacts the animals in the forest from pollution. Mining and Drilling also