Astronaut Alex Gerst captured from ISS the Amazon deforestation.

Alex Gerst, ESA, NASA

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and the largest river basin on the planet. The region is believed to be home to 10% known species on Earth. Of plant species found in this region, 75% are unique to the Amazon. Today, the Amazon is facing a multitude of threats as a result of unsustainable economic development; 20% of the Amazon biome has already been lost and the trend will worsen if gone unchecked.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: BBC

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