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Deforestation: Indigenous Peoples and Amazon

Today, the Amazon Rainforest is a very different place than it was when the Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana first navigated through its river in 1542. The forest has been around for 55 million years on the South American continent (e. g. Maslin et al. 2005) but through decades of deforestation, climate change, agriculture, and population growth, the Amazon Rainforest is facing a point of destruction. In Brazil, at the rate of deforestation of 20,000 km2/ year, the entire Legal Amazonia of Brazil will be gone in 200 years (e. g. Andersen et al. 2007). If we continue to overuse and abuse the Amazon, we are going to lose a natural wonder that not only inhabits a vast majority of…