Question: What are the consequences of deforestation?

Question: What are the consequences of deforestation?


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Mayank Ranka
askIITians Faculty 277 Points
3 years ago


Deforestation refers to the removal of trees resulting in cleared land.
There are several consequences of deforestation:
1. Changes in Soil:
  • Loss of nutrients in the soil that are derived from breakdown of tree leaves.
  • Increased soil erosion by wind and rain.
  • Increased flooding due to a lack of water absorption by trees.
  • Decreased ability to support other plants due to nutrient loss.
2. Loss of biodiversity:
  • Animals and plants that are unable to grow outside of a forest environment face extinction.
3. Climate change:
  • Increased greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide) present in the air
when trees are not available to absorb them.
  • Increased carbon in the air from the burning of trees.
  • Decreased cooling of land from water evaporation in forests.
4. Impacts on humans:
  • Decreased availability of wood for cooking and heating.

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