The Amazon Rainforest: Earth's Crown Jewel

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The Amazon rainforest is nestled in the heart of Brazil, covering 4% of Earth's surface. While that might not seem like much, the billions of acres of lush rainforest hold one-third of all known terrestrial species, among them many plants and animals that have provided science with new medicines and chemicals. Humans pose a significant threat to this stronghold of biodiversity. If the Amazon rainforest disappears, humanity might follow.