Effects of resource extraction from tropical rainforests

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  • Explain the effects of resource extraction on tropical rainforest areas. (6)
    • OIL EXTRACTION IN ECUADOR
      • Miscarriages are common and stomach cancer is five times more frequent in the Oriente region because of hydrocarbons in river water.
      • Many plants, such as the periwinkle which is used to cure childhood leukaemia, are becoming extinct.
    • MINING IN BRAZIL
      • The Carajas iron ore plant uses wood to power the plant. This results in annual deforestation of 6100km2
      • The River Tapajos is contaminated with mercury used when gold is mined, affecting 90% of all fish caught.
        • This leads to high levels of cancer in the local people
    • LOGGING IN THE CAMEROON
      • Roads built by the logging companies have opened up the forest to hunters.
        • This had led to elephants and chimpanzees being killed and their meat being sold for high prices to restaurants
      • The local Baka people work in the sawmills without any protective clothing.
        • This leads to them breathing in the toxic products which are used to treat the wood.
    • MINING IN INDONESIA
      • 285,000 tonnes of mining waste are dumped into the River Aghawaghon every day.
        • This pollutes fish and means there is a shortage of water for local people.
      • Crocodiles in the area of Teluk Etna are currently on the brink of extinction.
    • GAS PIPELINE IN PERU
      • Local people are exposed to diseases that they are not immune to.
        • During the 1980s half of the Nahua died from influenza and whooping cough.
      • Many roads have been built through the forest in the Camisea region allowing settlers into the area who then cut down the forest to farm.

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