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The dry lands of the earth are not as poor as we have imagined

Published: 12 May 2017
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Many of the dry lands in the world are found in poor, difficult-to-reach and poorly marked areas. When the FAO used Google Earth to map the presence of trees in the dry lands, ”new forest" was found at a size equivalent to the Amazon.

Better knowledge about trees and forests can be of great importance to these often forgotten areas, which can be strongly influenced by a changing climate and increased population pressure, says Lars Laestadius from SLU, who has participated in the study. The results have just been published in the journal Science.

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