Rainforests Disappearing as 1200 New Amazon Species Discovered

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At the rate of one new Amazon species a week, the world is celebrating life as we find new Amazon species. The Amazon is so diverse and full of wonders, and explorers and scientists are overwhelmed with their new findings.

“The new species include 637 plants, 257 fish, 216 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 16 birds and 39 mammals, according to the “Amazon Alive: A Decade of Discoveries 1999-2009″ report by WWF, a conservation group previously known as the World Wildlife Federation,” according to USA Today.

The most interesting of the discoveries is a new species of anaconda. There has not been a new species of anaconda since 1936. What a joy it must be to make these discoveries, but with the joys come some pangs of worry.

The rain forests which house these amazing creatures is under attack from the environment. Environmentalists must protect the rain forest without disturbing the natural balance of man and nature.

Amazon Rain Forest

“Rain forests now cover less than 6% of Earth’s land surface. Scientists estimate that more than half of all the world’s plant and animal species live in tropical rain forests. Tropical rain forests produce 40% of the world’s oxygen.”

So as we find all these wonderful new Amazon species, it is vital that we protect the rain forests, not only to protect its wide diversity of creatures, but also to protect our own oxygen supply.

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FALMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Rope access technician Paul Talbot lowers himself to the ground after pruning a tree inside the tropical biodome of the Eden Project on May 7, 2009 in Falmouth, England. The tree - which was grown from a seedling ten years ago - has out grown the 50 metre high biodome which houses the largest rain forest in captivity in the world's largest greenhouse. The Eden Project in Cornwall - which opened in 2001 and has attracted over ten million visitors - showcases 100,000 plants from around the world in two giant transparent domes, each recreating different climate conditions. Both domes are made of hexagons of tough plastic with the first dome emulating a tropical environment, the second a warm temperate, Mediterranean environment. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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