The Amazon's floodplains normally support rich agriculture and livestock.
Cattle ranching is one of the key drivers of deforestation in the Amazon Basin. This movie shows how deforestation has changed the region over time. The first clearings that appear in the forest are in a fishbone pattern. Over time, the fishbones collapse into a mixture of forest remnants, cleared areas, and settlements.
prolonged, severe flooding of the amazon river destroys crops and pastures. Flooding can foul drinking water and keep people from their homes for weeks.