Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University


The Amazon is a region of superlatives. It spans the borders of eight countries and one overseas territory, is the world’s largest river basin and the source of one-fifth of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth. Its rain forests are the planet’s largest and most luxuriant, and home to – amazingly – one in ten known species on Earth. In the last decades, scientific research has established a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the integrity of the global environment, but still only a fraction of its biological richness has been revealed. Today, rapid deforestation threatens the Amazon. At current rates, 55 percent of its rain forests could be gone by 2030 – a looming disaster not only for the region’s plants and animals, but for the world.

World Wildlife Foundation: Amazon

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Sonya Wohletz
Ph.D. Candidate
William Balée
Professor - Anthropology