Amazon Rainforest, South America
With 20 per cent of the Earth's oxygen originating from the Amazon, it's no wonder some call it the lungs of our planet. The Amazon's 1.4 billion acres of dense forest is a buffet of biodiversity and one of the world's greatest natural resources. Despite the critical role it plays in sustaining the planet, the South American rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate. Land is being cleared for cattle ranches, logging, soybean farming and mining. According to the World Wildlife Fund, 55 per cent of the Amazon's rainforest could be gone by 2030 if current deforestation rates continue.
During a recent voyage along South America's eastern coast, Justin Hofman was surprised to get close-up footage of an unfazed mother whale and her newb... More During a recent voyage along South America's eastern coast, Justin Hofman was surprised to get close-up footage of an unfazed mother whale and her newborn calf. Hofman is the undersea specialist on the National Geographic Explorer, whose expedition team was granted special permission to dive with southern right whales in the nature reserve of Península Valdés, Argentina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn more about the Patagonia expedition: http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/destinations/southamerica/category/patagonia?utm_source=NGdotcom-Video&utm_medium=link&utm_content=20140619_LEX_Video_RightWhaleEncounter_AllPatagonia&utm_campaign=NGdotcom Click to see more video highlights from the National Geographic - Lindblad fleet of expedition ships traveling around the globe: video.nationalgeographic.com/video/ngexpeditions/
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