Enviromental Science 30.docx - The North American Coastal...

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The North American Coastal plain is a fascinating area. Its recent inclusion on the list of biodiversity hotspots was originally the result of skepticism on the part of the scientific community regarding its level of biodiversity. It is far more geographically homologous than other hotspots leading to its being paid less attention. (CEPF, ND) It is also worth noting that one of the greatest threats to the area is fire suppression. (CEPF, ND) Ordinarily we are conditioned to view wildfires as a growing threat and consequence of climate change, but for this region a lack of periodic naturally occurring fires places addition pressures on the ecosystem. (CEPF, ND) Also interesting was the effect that deforestation is having on the endemic species. When combined with the damage done by fire suppression , multiple species of flora and fauna are seeing accelerated habitat loss. (CEPF, ND) With one of the major impacts on the hotspot being a lack of wildfires,
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