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All along the meandering Río Gálvez majestic ceiba trees (Ceiba pentandra, some of the biggest trees in the Amazon Rainforest) offer shade and combined with various other trees create the distinctive three-level primary rainforest canopy.  The number of species (species richness) in this tropical forest is among the highest in the world as is the species diversity.  Presently the Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate.  One of the greatest dangers to this Rainforest is deforestation and its conversion into plantations of palm oil. 


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