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GCSE impacts of deforestation

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Biodiversity
The variety of life in the world or a particular habitat.
Deforestation
The chopping down and removal of trees to clear an area of forest.
Logging
The business of cutting down trees and transporting the logs to sawmills.
Loss of biodiversity
An environmental impact of deforestation
Medicines
could be lost due to deforestation including Reserpine, a drug which can be used to treat people with high blood pressure.
Indigenous Tribes
Lose their homelands when developments take place
Soil erosion
Happens as trees no longer protect the soil through interception
Flooding
can increase as there is less interception
Improving transportation
means easier access to raw materials like minerals and timber.
Economic benefits
are selling hardwoods like mahogony and allowing farming
Nutrient cycle
is damaged during deforestation as there is no loger litter to decompose
Mineral Deposits
including bauxite, iron ore, manganese, gold, silver and diamonds can be exploited and sold