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5 of the Most Endangered Forests In the World

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4) Indo-Burma Forests

 

Extending from eastern India to the Malay Peninsula and including Laos (in the photo), Thailand and Cambodia, this region is another biodiversity hotspot. It is home to 1,300 bird species and new animal species are still being discovered in its 2 million kilometers. It is home to gibbons, Kitti’s hog-nosed bat (one of the smallest mammals in the world — it’s the size of a bumblebee) and freshwater turtles. 95 percent of the forests’ original rain forests have been lost as land is cleared for teak plantations and other development. Aquatic ecosytems are also endangered as freshwater swamps and wetlands have been destroyed for rice cultivation.

 

5) California Floristic Province Forests

 

Located in Oregon, California and Baja California in Mexico, the California Floristic Province has a Mediterranean-like climate that is home to the giant sequoia (the largest living organism on the planet) and the coastal redwoods. It is also the largest breeding ground for birds in the U.S. and home to threatened species including the giant kangaroo rat and the desert slender salamander. Pollution, road construction and the expansion of urban centers have resulted in only 24.7 percent  of the original vegetation still being in its original, pristine condition.

 

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12:25PM PDT on May 17, 2013

they are all so BEAUTIFUL

6:55AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Thank you.

10:30AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Also, in the mountains of southwest China, the dawn redwood was rediscovered. It was thought to be extinct, since the times of the Miocene Epoch 23 million years ago. So the mountains of southwest China are definitely a biological laboratory.

3:28AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

If only my tears for the fate of the earth were enough to replenish it.

Everybody has heard "don't bite the hand that feeds you" and other similiar phrases and yet most humans still pollute and destroy their own air, land, water, and food supply.

9:37PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Live for today, the hell with tomorrow.

7:44PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Trees are the lungs of Earth. Man is hell bent on destroying Mother Earth. You can join treenation.com and plant trees It is a program reforesting the world :)

11:16AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

terrible and sad, these forests need to be saved..

3:46PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

noted :(

7:50PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

In a world rampant with instant gratification, selfishness, greed and transience, no real heed is paid to tomorrow, consequences, the greater good or pure simple lasting beauty. Heartbreaking and dire.

1:06PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

SAVE WILDERNESS!!

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