Destroying the Rain Forests: Human effects on Natures
The rain forests are one of the most unique places on the planet earth. They are home to several thousand species of animals that live no where else in the world1. They are also one of the primary sources of oxygegn of the world. One cannot even begin to describe the sheer beauty of the rain forests. However, the interaction of man with these marvels of nature has had a negative effect. Through agriculture, societal development and the search for raw materials mankind is destroying these marvels of nature. The rain forests are a display of the negative effects of humans on nature.
One of the biggest destroyers of the rainforest is farming. Farmers in areas inhabited by the rainforest are cutting down, burning and taking over the rain forest land to make room for farming. These lands once inhabited by the beautiful forests are being turned into crop fields and cattle pastures. This would have to happen if the farmers used efficient farming methods. Most of the farmers however are chopping and burning the rain forests to make fertile land, and then draining the life out the land by overusing it2. They then move on and take out more land to farm with. These farmers are taking out the rainforests at an enormous rate. They are however not the only source of rain forest destruction.
Another cause of deforestation of the rain forest is the population growth of humans3. The population is growing at an enormous rate. As population grows so does the search for space. In tropical climates rainforests occupy forty-nine percent of the land and twenty-five percent of the land is covered by closed rain forest4. Parts of Asia and Africa are covered by as much as forty-one percent rain forest and twenty percent closed rain forest5. These lands are being taken over to provide space for humans to live. They are being converted from forest into villages, towns and cities. These areas are basically irrecoverable and will probably never be capable of being turned back into rain forests6. These cities also lead to more destruction of the rain forests.
With the population growing and more and more cities developing, people are using up natural resources at an astounding rate. In order to combat this humans are forced to find new sources for these resources. Humans have hardly explored the rain forests because they have not been really open to human exposure7. This gives them reason to believe that they can find natural resources there so they are searching them and destroying the ecosystems there at the same time. The search for resources along with the destruction of the rain forests for agriculture and for living space is having negative effects on the rain forest and the environment.
Humans are having a negative effect on the environment by destroying the rainforests. By destroying the rainforests, they are destroying the source of over sixty percent of the earth's precious oxygen8. This may...