Essay about Destruction of Rain Forest

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“In every sense, a standing rain forest supplies more economic wealth than if it were cleared … yet deforestation continues at an alarming rate.” (Tropical Rain Forest Coalition, 1996). Rain Forests have played a significant role in shaping modern biology. The destruction of the rain forests will determine the fate of all species humans plants and animals. Many people do not understand the long- term consequences of losing the earth’s rain forests. They have provided all living beings with many natural resources and medicines. Their complete destruction will affect all living conditions due to the influence they have on the climate around the world. Traditionally though, there are three major causes of the destruction to the rain forests: …show more content…
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     Moreover, the trees of the rain forest store things other than minerals such as carbon dioxide, in their roots, stems, branches and leaves. The trees also provide fresh air and release oxygen. This helps fight pollution and even gives out oxygen necessary for human life. Rain forests receive more than 200 days of rain per year, or as much as 240 inches of water. (Refer to appendix 4) They are characterised by thousands and even millions of plants and trees growing dense over the land, which soak up rainwater from the soil and return it to the air through transpiration. At least half of that water then falls back down onto the forest as it rains again. Hence, most rain forests are located in the central region of the earth, near the equator, where temperatures range from 70-90°C or warmer. When a forest is burned large quantities of carbon dioxide are released from the living vegetation and the soils associated with it. Although carbon dioxide is one of the rare gases of the air, it plays an extremely important role because it absorbs long-wave energy that is reflected from the earth’s surface. It does not absorb incoming short- wave energy, which leads to warming. This is known as the green house effect. Despite all that human beings are causing a great deal of damage to nature, especially to the rain forests.

     Three of the major traditional reasons for the

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