The Amazon Forest Has Been Burning for Over a Week and You Can See the Fire From Space | 22 Words

For the past three weeks, one of the biggest natural resources that our dying planet has left has been slowly being decimated by flame - and much of the media haven't even reported on it. The Amazon Rainforest, located primarily in Brazil in South America, is one of the largest areas of biodiversity. Not only that, but the sheer amount of plant life there has led to it gaining the nickname "the lungs of the world."

But for the past twenty days, this stunning (and essential) part of the world has been under siege by a truly enormous and destructive forest fire. Now new photos show the extent of the disaster.

Located in the north of South America, the Amazon Rainforest is an outstanding area in nature.

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Not only is it known for being visually incredible, but the area supports some of the widest varieties of wildlife on Earth. Plus, the sheer amount of carbon dioxide inhaling plants there means that it helps to clean the air for the entire planet.

But, for many years, the Amazon has been in trouble.

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Large areas of the beautiful natural area have been destroyed for human gain, either for the building of roads, the farming of cattle, or simply to make more space for towns and cities.

But the most recent destruction of the Amazon is perhaps the most galling.

For many days at this point, the Amazon Rainforest has been rampaged by an enormous and terrifying forest fire. As of yet, the causes are unknown - but it's frightening that such a humid area has managed to burn for quite so long.

For some reason, this fire hasn't attracted many headlines.

But now people on the internet are taking matters into their own hands, trying to spread the news of the destruction before it's too late.

The news has started to gain traction.

And many truly horrifying images have been shared online. There are now fears that we may end up losing all, or most of, the absolutely enormous forest.

Every minute that the fire burns...

We lose another huge area of the Amazon. And once it's gone, the forest as we know it will never come back. This means that there should be a real sense of urgency.

But the burning forest snaps aren't the only horrific images shared.

Because, as the blaze rages on, the effects that the huge fire is having across the entire continent are becoming clear.

And some of the most terrifying pictures?

Many Twitter users are sharing shots that they've taken in the city of Sao Paolo. The sheer amount of ash in the sky is essentially blocking out the sunlight.

The shots look like something from a horror film.

The fact that the fire has released this much smoke into the atmosphere is worrying enough - even when you don't consider the destruction of those millions of all-important trees.

But there's a more immediate worry.

Many now believe that Sao Paolo and other major cities in Brazil and South America are essentially uninhabitable. We can't imagine that breathing in that dark, smoky air is in any way healthy.

Just look at this.

One Sao Paolo resident decided to test the theory, taking a clear plastic water bottle outside to collect some of the air. This black gas is what the people of the city are expected to breathe in.

Locals have shared other frightening images.

Including this one, with the caption: "This is the color of the rainwater that fell here in Mauá."

Here's another.

"Folks ... did you see that it rained black water ?? Seriously no kidding! So the sky was very strange ... gospel."

And some have pointed out this worrying fact.

Many assume that Sao Paolo is close to the Amazon Rainforest - but this isn't really the case. The sheer distance that this disaster has covered should be alarming us.

And, now, NASA has shared yet more horrifying images.

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These pictures show the sheer volume of smoke that's been released into the atmosphere - along with the great distances that it has spread to and covered.

Many believed that the Amazon was essentially fireproofed.

via: NASA

The fact that it's a rainforest gives us a clue as to how much humidity and moisture it contained. The fact that it's burning up like kindling is truly shocking.

But environmental changes over the years left it vulnerable.

via: NASA

One huge attributing factor to this fire's power is the number of droughts that the area has experienced over the years. On top of this, Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has ignored pleas to take better care of the region.

There are other huge worries, too.

The Amazon Rainforest contains some of the largest animal diversity on Earth - so alongside the loss of trees and plants, millions of animals are being burned alive.

There seems to be little coming back from this.

It took literally millions of years for the Amazon to evolve into the naturally biodiverse area that it is - and it's gone from that to a complete wasteland in a matter of days.

And this isn't the only crisis that we're facing.

But as our planet falls apart and the powers that be continue to ignore it, it starts to feel more and more hopeless. Massive systemic change needs to happen - and soon - if we want life on Earth to continue. We can spread the word about what's happening in the Amazon Rainforest right now, but, other than that, it's hard not to feel a little helpless. But we've compiled a list of fifty very little things that you can do to help to save the Earth - keep reading for some inspiration. Every little helps!