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Global Forest Watch, Sarah Ruiz


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Geography

Resource Types

  • Articles and Websites
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus


How Rainforests are Formed, and How They are Being Destroyed

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  • This captivating article describes how rainforests are formed and destroyed. 
  • Interactive maps are embedded throughout the article to visualize tree cover, tree cover loss, carbon release from clear-cutting forests, and fire risk. 
Teaching Tips


  • The article is easy to read, interspaced with illustrations, pictures, and interactive maps.
  • The interactive maps can be zoomed in and out to get analysis by country or by continent.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students may need support navigating and interpreting the embedded maps.


  • As an extension of this activity, educators could encourage students to research more about rainforests and how they are connected to climate change.
  • Biology classes could further discuss rainforest ecosystems and how they are being harmed by rainforest destruction.
Scientist Notes
The resource will enable students to understand the different layers of tropical rainforest and the interactions within the forest ecosystem. It is suitable to equip students with the skills to map logging routes to understand the flow and intensity of logging in order to proffer solutions to indiscriminate logging within the forest and the surrounding forests. This resource is recommended for teaching.
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