de·for·es·ta·tion | \(ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən, -ˌfär-\

Definition of deforestation 

: the action or process of clearing of forests also : the state of having been cleared of forests

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Other Words from deforestation

deforest \(ˈ)dē-ˈfȯr-əst, -ˈfär- \ transitive verb

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island

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There is a sense of urgency about plans to restore rainforest on the mountain, where deforestation continues. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 The deforestation frontiers are now being driven by soya beans in a completely new region. Jeff Tollefson, Scientific American, "Deforestation Ticks Up in Brazil's Savanna," 13 July 2018 By some estimates, deforestation accounts for more than 10 percent of humanity’s carbon dioxide emissions each year. New York Times, "Tropical Forests Suffered Near-Record Tree Losses in 2017," 27 June 2018 According to the press release, this rare long-term study will help researchers understand how climate change and deforestation impact this and similar species. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Known Spider Has Died at Age 43," 1 May 2018 That could open the lands up to logging, grazing and other business interests and could have serious implications for Brazil's ability to protect its environment and stem deforestation. Fox News, "Brazil's indigenous protest to defend their rights, lands," 26 Apr. 2018 Witnessing the environmental impact of deforestation in Cambodia helped inspire Jolie to work towards preventing the same thing from happening in Namibia. Michael Miller,, "Angelina Jolie Talks About Her Fight to End Deforestation -- and Knox Learning to Fly a Plane!," 20 Apr. 2018 Until exposed by modern deforestation, they had been concealed for centuries by the surrounding rainforest. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Satellites Reveal Ancient Civilization Beneath the Amazon Rainforest," 27 Mar. 2018 According to The Guardian’s Ian Sample, orangutan populations in areas affected by deforestation fell by up to 75 percent. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Borneo’s Orangutan Population Plummeted by Half in 16 Years," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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: the act or result of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area

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