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In my AP Calculus class we are doing a project on this. Mr. Henderson, my teacher, told us a few facts on this subject. Only 5% of ancient forest in general still exists as of 2012. Roughly one area the size of a football field is cut down every second in the Amazon. One third of the air that we breath in is generated in the Amazon Rain forest. And the most interesting one of all; it has been theorized that there may have been a cure to cancer in the Amazon, but because humans started cutting it all down, that plant went extinct.
Contributed by Dakota Lowery