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Imagine you have been hired by a museum. Your first responsibility will be to design an exhibit that emphasizes the importance of biodiversity. The exhibit should focus on the Amazon region. When outlining the causes, be sure to show the relationship between deforestation and wildlife extinction in this region and others. In the deforestation segment of your exhibit, you should show estimations of the current and potential impact of deforestation on world cultures. Finally, take the visitors from the land to the aquatic life zones. Describe methods that could be (or already are being) implemented to preserve the present level of aquatic biodiversity. Organize your proposed design in a presentation that you will submit to the museum's board of trustees. Your presentation should consist of 10 to 15 PowerPoint® slides with detailed speaker's notes. Citations of original works within the presentation must follow APA guidelines.

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Amazonian rainforests have unparalleled biodiversity. More than 1/3 of all species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest. Deforestation can directly lead to biodiversity loss when animal species that live in the trees no longer have their habitat, cannot relocate, and therefore become extinct. (6,607 higher plants per 10,000 km/sq (Brazil) and 27,000 species may be consigned to extinction every year. This destruction is the result of forests being felled at a rate of 1,800 hectares every hour)
Population and development pressures in the last several decades have led to large areas of deforestation in the Amazon, mostly in the eastern and southern portion of the basin. By 2000, about 15 percent of the total land area of the river basin had been deforested due to these pressures. Recent rates of deforestation continue to be very high: in 2002 and 2003, the amount of land deforested was the largest ever in a two-year period, at nearly 46,000 km2. Accelerated world demand for free-range beef and grains in light of mad cow disease and other outbreaks suggest that demand for Brazilian beef will increase, perpetuating high rates of Amazonian deforestation well into the future.