OUTLINE: Deforestation and its effects on the ecosystem

This topic submitted by Andrew Daluga ( dalugaat@miamioh.edu) at 11:08 PM on 3/15/07.

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Deforestation and its effects on the ecosystem

This course focuses on the tropical ecosystem, and one of the largest parts of Costa Rica’s ecosystem is the rainforest. I wanted to do research on the main cause of destruction to the rainforests, and to find out just how much the loss of these forests due to deforestation will affect our future. I would like to teach the class about how many different factors cause deforestation and the outcomes of these actions.

Outline

1) Intro

2) Causes
a) Population Growth
i) Poverty
ii) Land availability
iii) Market demand
iv) Weak government
b) Agricultural Expansion
i) Slash and Burn Farming
ii) Cattle Ranching
c) Logging
d) Other
i) Mining
ii) Infrastructure development
iii) Acid rain
iv) Dams

3) Effects

a) Erosion
b) Climate Change
c) Biodiversity
d) Vector-diseases

4) Conclusions
a) Ongoing research
b) Ways to prevent deforestation


Reference:

http://www.ru.org/32defore.html

http://www.umich.edu/~gs265/society/deforestation.htm

http://www.rcfa-cfan.org/english/issues.12.html

http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/data/fra2005/kf/common/GlobalForestA4-ENsmall.pdf

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/eye/deforestation/deforestation.html

http://www.wrm.org.uy/deforestation/indirect.html

http://www.rainforestinfo.org.au/background/causes.htm

http://soilerosion.net/

http://www.earlham.edu/~pols/17Fall96/inneske/effects.HTM

http://jrscience.wcp.miamioh.edu/FieldCourses00/PapersCostaRicaArticles/Final.MethodsandEffectsof.html


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