Deforestation of rainforest from mining, Tasmania

Deforestation of rainforest from mining, Tasmania

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Caption: Deforestation. View of barren, deforested hills caused by copper mining in Queenstown, Tasmania, an area previously covered with temperate rainforest. The environmental damage here has been caused by tree-felling, sulphur, fire and rainfall. Furnaces at the copper mines burned huge amounts of timber. Smelters emitted sulphur polluting the air and soil, preventing tree growth and encouraging ground fires. Rainfall has subsequently eroded the deforested hills. Queenstown has been a mining centre since 1883.

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Keywords: copper, copper mining, defores, deforest, deforestation, environment, geography, mining, mining copper, rainforest, tasmania, temperate, temperate rainforest

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