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Since ancient times, rivers have shaped the course of human history. Serving as entryways into new lands for explorers, great civilizations often developed along their banks. Today, rivers are just as vital for transportation, creating hydroelectricity, and supplying water. What steps are being taken to protect the world's great rivers from these human activities?
Sometimes called a "river sea," the Amazon River carries a greater volume of water than any other river in the world. Surrounded by the world's largest tropical rain forest, it is home to thousands of kinds of plants and animals. These species, as well as the indigenous people who have lived off of the river for thousands of years, are being threatened by deforestation and pollution. What efforts are under way to save this great river and the Amazon rain forest?
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Amazing Amazon 4
Chapter 2 On Course 8
Chapter 3 Living in the Amazon 14
Chapter 4 Travel and Commerce 20
Chapter 5 An Amazon at Risk? 24
Comparing the World's Rivers 28
Find Out More 31