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10/25/2010 06:07 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

11 Amazing Tropical Rainforests (PHOTOS)

Tropical rainforests are the richest, oldest, most diverse, and most priceless regions of the world - over half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in tropical rainforests, and the Amazon rainforest alone produces more than 20% of the earth's oxygen.

Unfortunately, precious rainforest cover is being rapidly lost to deforestation and commercial interests. Experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.

Sustainable tourism in the world's rainforests can play a very positive role in supporting conservation - so be sure to check out these tips and resources before you book a trip!

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11 Tropical Rainforests Around The World