Saturday, July 28, 2007

"Watching the Soft Waters of the Amazon Drain Away"

The severe drought currently affecting the Amazon Rainforest is a disaster that could possibly make all other disasters, natural or otherwise pale in comparison.

The drought conditions are created by the combined affects of global warming and deforestation which could cause the Amazonia to collapse. 40% of the rainfall over Brazil is created through a process called evapotranspiration from the Amazon forest. Deforestation, caused by progressive logging will lead to a point beyond which the forest is no longer dense and large enough to recycle enough water to fall as rain to survive.

The earth's ecosystem is dependent on the Amazon Rainforest, due to its unparalleled biodiversity, to help stabilize our climate and regulate our weather.


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