• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforest.

Extracts from this document...


Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforest In this coursework I will be investigating deforestation and stating my opinion on whether I think it should continue or not in the Amazon Rainforest In doing so I will identify the various different values and attitudes. In this assignment I will include maps as well as diagrams, graphs, charts. The Earth is a constant changing system; a serious type of change that is being contributed by man, is deforestation. Deforestation is the clearing out of forests so that they can cultivated and used for other purposes. Due to this particular method of cultivating land it has resulted with vast areas of the Amazon rainforest being totally destroyed far beyond repair. Because of this scientists fear that many natural medicinal plants and vegetation may be lost permanently. Deforestation In The Amazon Rainforest Deforestation robs the world of countless species, destroying crucial Biodiversity and losing species with potential uses in medicine, agriculture and industry. Biodiversity is important because it contributes to resiliency in my opinion and should take precedence. The main worry for environmentalists such as my self is that many species are being lost as their habitats are being destroyed. In a rainforest, certain small areas are individual, specific habitats themselves. This means that if one small area of the rainforest is cleared, it could mean that a whole series of species are wiped out. The clearing of trees causes the roots anchoring the soil in the land to be destroyed, the removal of leaves and branches that intercept eight out of every ten raindrops lead to soil erosion. ...read more.


$5400, compared to $26,980 per person in the United State The causes of deforestation are very complex. A competitive global economy drives the need for money in economically challenged tropical countries such as Brazil. Governments sell logging concessions to raise money for other vitial projects such as hospitials and schooling, to pay international debt, or to develop a more advanced industry infer structure. For example, Brazil had an international debt of $159 billion in 1995, on which it must make regular payments each year. The logging companies seek to exploit the rainforest and make a profit from the sales of pulp and valuable hardwoods such as mahogany. Brazil hasn't got much to offer the world in material goods other than what resources it has in its Rainforest so their government feels that if they don't continue to allow this clear and obvious exploitation of the rainforest they will fall behind in their payments and be unable to support their expanding population. I would describe Brazil as a middle income developing country I would place it in the same bracket as Mexico and Malaysia Its "GNP US $ PER CAPITA" is 3020 and it has a high infant mortality rate 57. One can only assume that a government would want to change these statistics and the easiest and quickest way for the brazilin government to get there hands on the money to do this is through the rainforest. Some other effects of deforestation are less rainfall so the cleared land becomes much drier possibly even a desert. ...read more.


The amount of land with trees on it shrinks each year. It gets harder and harder to meet local and global demands for wood and is extremely stressful and for what? Some people have proposed that the solution to tropical deforestation is to set aside vast areas as parks and reserves. This may buy enough time to give local governments a chance to address the underlying causes of deforestation-poverty, growing populations, and misguided policies. And many people feel that setting aside tropical reserves will ensure that unused areas will continue to exist. They point out that many species can't survive in managed (human-used) forests. Local people may say that the rainforest is one of the main reasons people come to visit them without that then they will lose a lot of revenue gained through tourists. People have not dwelt in large numbers throughout the tropical rain forests, but small groups of people live throughout the region. They constantly move around and clear small areas and plant crops. When they reach an area they want to use, they chop down trees and burn them in order to create a clear area. They then plant seeds in the ashes--but after a few years the soil nutrients become used up and it is no longer good for gardening, so they move somewhere else and start the process all over again. This process is called slash-and-burn cultivation, which can support a small population but will not work with larger ones. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Physical Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Physical Geography essays

  1. Should people be allowed to destroy the Amazon Rainforest?

    Bad foundations The richness of the rainforests is built on surprisingly poor foundations. Most tropical soils are old- some over 100 million years old, and the combination of heat, age and high rainfall has led to their mineral nutrients being washed away.

  2. Letter to the brazilian government regarding the amazonian rainforest

    used to create negative publicity for the companies; which could decrease their popularity severely and damage the economical structure.

  1. Tropical Rainforests - adaptation of species. Explain why the rainforest is an important ...

    'Subsistence agriculture' is where a farmer grows enough crops to survive. The typical subsistence farm has a range of crops and animals needed by the family to eat and clothe themselves during the year.

  2. Free essay

    It is no good trying to save the rainforest if it means putting thousands ...

    Well quite a lot actually. As you may know, plants respire in the opposite way that we do. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out C02. Plants breathe in this C02 and breath out oxygen. The Amazon helps with this a lot. However, with less and less trees every second, there aren't going to be enough trees to take in our C02.

  1. What are the local and global consequences of deforestation?

    This unbalance of carbon dioxide and oxygen could cause global warming and result in temperatures increasing globally destroying many fragile environments. However, there are ways of preventing such problems. We can protect core areas of forest free from any human activity and establish a 'buffer zone' outside core areas and encourage economical but sustainable use of the forest.

  2. How Is the Amazon Rainforest Seen As a Resource - the Arguments For and ...

    The mining industry is very valued. The minerals can be sold and the money gained from it can help cover the huge debt Brazil owes.

  1. Morpeth Coursework

    (See fig .3.) 3) Noise Pollution (Group and Individual) Collecting information for noise pollution was very easy; these methods did not take time at all. There were two methods we did. This test is important to my study because noise pollution is an important factor to analysis to study the quality of the environment.

  2. Equatorial Rainforest.

    After these trees have been cut down, they have to be dragged the forest floor. On doing this, other plants are destroyed, and animals home are also destroyed. Farming Big companies move into rainforest areas are remove the trees by the slash-and-burn method.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work