How do forests help to maintain the balance of nature?

How do forests help to maintain the balance of nature?

Postby darrance48 » January 11th, 2014, 10:31 am


Forests influence the local and probably global climates. They moderate the diurnal range of air temperatures and maintain atmospheric humidity levels. Forests absorb atmospheric carbon and replenish the oxygen in the air we breathe. The conservation of forest resources in the watersheds that supply water for irrigation, sanitation, and human consumption is an important component of water supply strategies. When tropical watersheds have balanced land use, their forests absorb excessive rainfall that is gradually released later. Forests regulate stream flows by intercepting rainfall, absorbing the water into the underlying soil, and gradually releasing it into the streams and rivers of its watershed. This minimizes both downstream flooding and drought conditions. Tree cover conserves moisture in the soil by providing shade that reduces the evaporative loss from radiant energy exchange with the atmosphere. Tree roots enhance soil porosity, reduce compaction, and facilitate infiltration. Trees act as windbreaks, reducing the force of desiccating, eroding winds at ground level.
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