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Conservation

Drought, Deforestation Set to Propel Vicious Amazon Die Off

Thirty-eight percent of the Amazon Basin is at risk due to a self-amplifying process of drought and forest die off — which is made worse by industrial-scale agricultural production.

Published On 03/13/2017
4:43 PM EDT
(a) Amazon system in equilibrium. (b) Initial forest loss triggered by decreasing oceanic moisture inflow, which reduces evapotranspiration. (c) As a result, the rainfall regime is altered in another location, leading to further forest loss and reduced moisture transport.