Deforestation definition

dē-fôrĭ-stāshən
The cutting down and removal of all or most of the trees in a forested area. Deforestation can erode soils, contribute to desertification and the pollution of waterways, and decrease biodiversity through the destruction of habitat.
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The definition of deforestation is cutting down and removing all or most of the trees in a forest.
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Destruction of Habitat: It can erode soils, pollute waterways, decrease biodiversity.
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Reduction in Oxygen: Less and less oxygen is pumped into the environment, which is one of the main causes of global warming.

An example of deforestation is when trees are removed in fast growing portions of South Africa to build houses, for agricultural purposes and to allow for clear grazing for farm animals.

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The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else, especially by an agricultural system.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
deforestation
Plural:
deforestations

Origin of deforestation

  • From Latin de + forresta, forestis

    From Wiktionary