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The Problem of Deforestration

            Deforestation has been a long standing problem. You're wondering what deforestation is and what's so problematic about it? Well, deforestation is the clearing of wilderness, intentional destruction of wildlife all in favor of human advancement. Deforestation also happens with poor planning. Trees grow at a much slower rate than they are cut down. Wilderness can be destroyed in a matter of minutes but takes years for a seedling to grow into a healthy tree. As a result ecosystems are lost. These things are caused by human impact. Humans are the main reason in most cases. Deforestation is also one of the major factors that contributes to a couple of huge problems we have in the world today known as the greenhouse effect and desertification. Humans again do play a major role in the health and upkeep of wildlife and sustaining balance on Earth.
             Tropical rainforests are the main areas targeted when it comes to the removal. If they keep being removed at this rate we are looking at a complete removal of wilderness over the next one hundred years. This isn't something that's just happening in America it's a worldwide problem. More areas have greater problems than we actually think we have when it comes to deforestation. Trees are important to the water cycle. They absorb rain fall and produce water vapor that is released into the atmosphere. Clear cutting is seen as trauma to an area. It's the mass removal of a lot of an area at once. "Clear cutting is when large swaths of land are cut down all at once"(web).Burning is just as lethal as well. Can you imagine all of the animals all of the wildlife. "Burning can be done quickly, in vast swaths of land, or more slowly with the slash-and-burn technique".
             Deforestation affects all organisms. "Seventy percent of the world's plants and animals live in forests and are losing their habitats to deforestation, according to National Geographic.

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