The objective of this activity is to gain map skills and understand that equatorial countries have a high level of biodiversity. This activity can be done individually or in groups of two, depending on the resources available.
- Using a world map, determine the latitude and longitude for the Pantanal in Brazil.
- Is the entire Pantanal contained in Brazil? If not, in what other countries is it located?
- What is the population of Brazil? (see Maps and Facts).
- Find a country with a comparable population to Brazil – how big is that country (in terms of land size) compared with Brazil?
- What is the population of the United States? Compare the population and land size of the United States with Brazil. Which country has a higher population density?
- Do you think that other countries with the same longitude as Brazil have a high or low level of biodiversity? What about with the same latitudes?
- Does there appear to be a relationship between biodiversity and proximity to the equator?
- Do you think the Pantanal is a biologically diverse area?
- How could the location of the Pantanal help or hurt efforts to protect its wildlife and preserve its remaining undeveloped areas?
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