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What do we mean when we use the term "biodiversity?" On a large scale, it is used to refer to the type of natural ecosystem in a specific area. On a smaller scale, it is used to describe the variety of species that inhabit that area. In an even more specific sense, the word is used to describe the genetic differences that occur within a particular species. The hyacinth macaw is just one example of the diverse life of the rainforest. Photo: PhotoDisc Inc.

The Amazon is home to the largest diversity of species on the planet. The biodiversity in this area means different things to different people, based on the value they place upon it. While the scientist may value biodiversity for the powerful research it may support, the forest-dwelling native may see it as an integral part of day-to-day existence.

Visit these sites to learn more about biodiversity and its value:

GAIA Forest Archives: Rainforest Conservation Efforts Around the World
Links to Biodiversity Sites on the Internet
Biodiversity and its Value
The World Conservation Monitoring Center

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