Discussion of the distribution and abundance of living organisms and how these properties are affected by interactions between the organisms and their environment
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Forests and trees are a crucial part of life on Earth from maintaining bio diversity and cleaning the air and water, to provide basic human needs and contributing to culture and recreation. I want other views for forest resources and its importance?
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Last edited by JackBean on Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:34 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Am I right in saying that per square mile forests give out considerably more oxygen (anyone know how much more?) than any other surface area. This is because of the depth of the vegetation actively photosynthesizing. Light falls off rapidly in water so oxygen production in the sea cannot go very deep. This is why the forests are 'the lungs of the world'. I wonder has any research been done as to whether the depths of the sea are loosing more oxygen? Because this is where the danger of a planetary loss of oxygen would first show up
Forests are important for a whole heap of reasons and not just from an ecological perspective. In addition to what people have already said (maintain biodiversity, cleaning air and water, producing oxygen) they provide habitat for a heap of birds, mammals and invertebrates, they provide food, timber and fibers - planted forestry is a billion dollar industry that provides work for masses of people, they help to prevent floods and stabilize soil to prevent erosion, take up CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in plant tissue, and trap sediment and nutrients to prevent them entering waterways which helps maintain the quality of lakes and rivers.
As you've already said they are important culturally and for recreation, for example people enjoy going hiking, mountain biking and hunting in forests. They have an aesthetic appeal, many people just enjoy spending time in forests and simply appreciate the intrinsic value of natural forest.
I'm sure there are many more reasons..
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