The following examples look at deforestation occurring in five different controls with a brief hypothesis as to the motivation of the conversion. You can view larger versions of any of the images by clicking on them.
The first example occurs in the United States, in the State of California. Timber extraction is tightly regulated in California, so we can guess that forests are being harvested in a sustainable way. An unfortunate side effect of timber harvesting is forest fragmentation which lowers the ecosystem health of the remaining forest and degrades the habitat for animals and other organisms living there.
|Deforestation occurring in California.|
The next image comes from Canada.
|Example of deforestation in Canada seen on Google Earth|
Both of these examples occur in developed countries, where we would assume the motivation for harvest to be commercial timber. The next few examples look at developing countries where their could be alternate motives including agriculture, ranching, or even airport development.
This example looks at a forested area in China, you can see the obviously converted area. In the recent image, it looks like the local owners have development plans for the area. The image on the right was taken in 2009, the left 2014 meaning that the clear cutting occurred at some point in that five year time period.
|Example of deforestation in China using Google Earth|
|Deforestation in the Amazon as seen through Google Earth|
|Example of deforestation occurring in Indonesia.|