The biodiversity in tropical rain forests is not in their soil, which is often of poor quality, but in their canopy, or layer of overhanging tree branches. The biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest includes hundreds of thousands of insects and plants, some of which have the potential to treat human diseases. Here, and all over the Amazon basin, companies and governments are destroying the rain forest for agriculture, housing, and industry.

Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

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