Taking a closer look plants are responsible for extracting groundwater from the

Taking a closer look plants are responsible for

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forests intact helps prevent floods and drought by regulating regional rainfall. Taking a closer look; plants are responsible for extracting groundwater from the soil then holding the water in like natural sponges until returning it to the atmosphere. Deforestation results in the water not being able to be released back into the atmosphere as vapor, affecting the balance of the water cycle. Some causes for clearance happens through mother nature. Forest fires are a form of deforestation but there are some benefits through this removal. Fire can bring short-term water supply benefits by increasing runoff for downstream use. Most precipitation that falls on hillsides is captured by plants and
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soils and sent back into the atmosphere. By removing vegetation and reducing the ability of soils to hold water, most burns lead to an increase in runoff. Deforestation affects biodiversity in a number of ways. When animals or plants die as a result of deforestation, the variety of life of that area decreases. Fewer species in an area means a less biologically diverse environment. Forests may grow back after being cleared out, but they don't always experience regrowth. To dismantle plantlife can lead to a direct loss of wildlife habitat as well as a general degradation of their habitat. The removal of trees and other types of vegetation reduces the ability for animals to find adequate shelter, water, and food to survive within the remaining habitat. Taking away habitation has created an enormous number of animals on LBC’s red list that are becoming extinct. 137 species of animals are becoming extinct each day, including the Sun Bear, Pygmy Elephant and Javan Rhinos, which adds up to 50,000 species disappearing per year due to deforestation. If we don’t act now, ten percent of the world species will die out within the next twenty-five years. Seventy percent of Earth's land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. The trees of the rainforest that provide shelter for some species also provide the canopy that regulates the temperature, a necessity for many others. As deforestation proceeds in tropical forests it promises to become THE cause of mass extinctions caused by human activity. We can all put effort into decreasing the demand
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  • Fall '18
  • Richard Vannoy

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