Less Green in Congo Rainforest

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/science/earth/study-finds-less-green-in-the-congo-rain-forest.html?ref=science&_r=0

The years of droughts have caught up to the Congo Rainforest causing negative effects. Because of the lack of water the trees are getting, the capacity of the trees to get photosynthesis has gradually lessened. Scientists say if this drought continues, the composition of the rainforest could change. Currently it is a canopy rainforest where when you look up, it is covered in foliage, but it is said that it will change into a more open environment, more like the Savanna. This could also effect the region’s biodiversity and its capacity to store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

 

 

 

Gillian Peters

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