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  Amazon could dry up in 50 years
Updated 09 September 2003, 10.08
Amazon rainforest, Brazil
The Amazon rainforest in Brazil could dry up and die out in 50 years because of global warming.

Scientists are worried about changing weather patterns caused by the earth heating up.

They think there could be a 'bubble' of heat created in the Pacific which would be disastrous for the environment in south America.

Thirsty forest

It's just one model being studied by experts trying to work out what might happen to our planet.

Although it's by no means certain the Amazon will die out, the experts think there's a 10-20% chance.

The rainforest needs its rainfall for its lush vegetation but the heat bubble would mean less rain.

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