Students use the MapMaker Interactive to pinpoint the locations of the construction projects and conduct research to develop a position statement on whether or not construction should occur. Despite deforestation, the Amazon basin rainforest is the largest tropical forest in the world. People have lived in the Amazon River basin for thousands of years relying on it for fresh water, food and transportation. The Manaus region has a great electronics industry with brands like Sony, Panasonic and others. Amazon.com is everywhere.By disrupting the way people shop, Amazon has created economic ripple effects that go far beyond the customer’s wallet. The Amazon Basin ranks as the world's largest tropical rain forest, sprawling across 4 million square miles in nine South American countries. The Amazon Basin is the part of South America drained by the Amazon River and its tributaries. In Brazil, the largest Amazon country, approximately 3.5 million square kilometers, or 350 million hectares remain. The Amazon Basin is one of the most unique regions in the world, so it's not surprising that it's history and issues are unique as well. The Amazon basin is the part of South America drained by the Amazon River and its tributaries. The following charts are based data from Matt Hansen and colleagues, as presented in Global Forest Watch, using a "loose" definition of the Amazon that extends beyond the Amazon river basin. Together, this collection of activities, case studies, and interactive maps provides students with a holistic picture of the current state of the Amazon rain forest, and raises awareness about the short- and long-term impacts of human activity on it's biodiversity. The Amazon Basin is one of the most unique regions in the world, so it's not surprising that it's history and issues are unique as well. Wealth Producing Activities: The economic activities are undertaken to produce wealth. The Amazon rainforest is very important to the South American economy. The Amazon drainage basin covers an area of about 6,300,000 km 2 (2,400,000 sq mi), or about 35.5 percent of the South American continent. The challenge is to provide means and activities that make possible to have an economic and social development of the poor population of the area, as all humans should be entitled to, without deforestation or natural resources (including biological diversity) depletion. c. Agriculture- tapioca, pineapple and sweet potato are the main crops grown.Cash crops like coffee, maize and cocoa are also grown.