In this chapter you learned that natural resources have influenced the location and growth of settlements throughout history. In recent decades, people in search of natural resources and farmland have destroyed vast tracts of the Brazilian landscape. About 20 percent of the Amazon rain forest is already gone, and each year it loses a chunk of land the size of Connecticut to deforestation. Environmental groups warn that if people continue mining and logging in the Amazon, the entire rain forest will be gone in 80 years. Some organizations are working to make the quest for natural resources and the preservation of the pristine lands of Brazil a cooperative effort. To learn more about the people and animals of the rain forest and what you can do to help them, visit the Rainforest Action Network's Web site.
Destination Title: Rainforest Action Network
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Start at the Rainforest Action Network Web site's Kids' Corner.
- Click on Rainforest People. Read the information that appears.
- Click back to the main screen. Then click on and read about Animals.
- Return once more to the main screen. Click on 7 Steps for Kids to Take.
Use what you have learned from these links to answer the following questions.