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1. Why is the Amazon jungle the lung of the world?

The Amazon hosts the largest tropical forest in the world, with an area of ​​more than 6 million km2, in whose territory Spain would fit almost twelve times. There are about 80 thousand kinds of trees and more than 140 thousand plant species. They are hundreds of millions of specimens that absorb water and then return it to the atmosphere in immense quantities of water vapor, through its leaves. With that mega perspiration the clouds form, from which the vital liquid returns by passing drizzles or prolonged downpours, which partly fall on the forest itself. These rains keep the forests with a constant humidity, although they also irrigate distant places like the Andean mountain range. This gigantic biochemical machinery gives us an idea of ​​the importance as a natural controller of global warming and climate change. For this reason, it has been called the “lung of the planet” or “lung of the world”.

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The Amazon rainforest, the lung of world

One tree breathes, two trees breathe twice as much and in the case of the Amazon it is the world’s largest rainforest that breathes. And it does so with force, because millions of trees live in its immense territory of about six million square kilometers, eight times greater than the Borneo rainforest, depleted by 75%, largely during the last three decades of the Last century. The one that was recently the lung of Southeast Asia, today is a mutilated and diseased organ. The predation was such that the huge island became the first timber exporter on the planet, larger than Africa and Brazil together…



Why the Amazon jungle is the lung of the world

Trees produce oxygen, vital to most species, and in turn absorb carbon dioxide, CO2, the largest component of greenhouse gases, causing global warming, the main trigger of climate change. During photosynthesis, the process carried out by trees and the vast majority of plants, they absorb and store carbon dioxide (CO2), which is fixed to their roots, trunks and leaves in the form of carbon. The plants, although they take oxygen from the air and re-enter CO2, the final balance is positive in favor of the extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere…


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