Felled trees being burned in deforested rainforest

Felled trees being burned in deforested rainforest

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Credit: WILLIAM ERVIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Slash and burn deforestation. View of a pile of cut tree trunks being burned in a rainforest. This procedure is known as "slash and burn" deforestation. The systematic clearing of trees and vegetation from the rainforests has raised concern that countless plant and animal species could be made extinct. There are also fears that the lack of oxygen-producing vegetation in this area could contribute to global warming, due to increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Forests are cut down not just for timber, but also to clear land for crops and grazing farm animals (as here). Photographed in Heredia province, Costa Rica.

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Keywords: burning trees, costa rica, defores, deforestatio, deforestation, environment, fire, fires, forest, geography, heredia province, rainforest, slash and burn, slash and burn deforestat, slash and burn deforestati, smoke

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