Which Came First — the Rain or Rainforests?

Without the forest pumping so much water into the air, rainforests wouldn’t be as rainy. And without so much rain, the forest couldn’t pump so much water into the air.

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Writing and Editing Team: Alex Reich, Henry Reich, Peter Reich & Emily Elert
Illustration and Animation: Ever Salazar
Music by Nathaniel Schroeder

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Land Surface Temperature – Image by: Reto Stockli, NASA’s Earth Observatory Team

Deforestation – Image by: The Earth Observatory, NASA

Amazon Droughts and Forest Fires – Image by: The Earth Observatory, NASA

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