effects of deforestation on transpiration



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    Transpiration is the evaporation of water from the surface of leaves into the atmosphere.  Atmospheric water vapour condenses and forms clouds that produce rain, falling back to the earth to replenish the soil, providing a vital element to all life’s survival.  The total surface area of leaves in large forests, such as the Amazon, is huge, so naturally, their contribution to transpiration process is significant.  The Amazon creates 50-80% of its own rainfall through transpiration.

    Also, note that deforestation alters the reflectivity of Earth’s surface, effecting wind and ocean current patterns that virtually create our weather.

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