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Short Essay on Tropical Deforestation

December 24, 2018 0 Comment

Deforestation affects biological diversity in three ways: destruction of habitat, isolation of fragments of formerly contiguous habitat, and edge effects within a boundary zone between forest and deforested areas (Skole and Tucker, 1993).

As the boundary zone extends some distance into the remain­ing forest, there are greater exposures to wind; dramatic micrometeorological differences over short distances; easier access for livestock, other non forest animals, and hunters; and a range of other biological and physical effects. The result is a net loss of plant and animal species in the edge areas (Skole and Tucker, 1993).

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