Webster dictionary defines deforestation as "to cut down and clear away the trees or forests."

It is a lot more than that, especially because nearly 40 percent of Central America is forested.


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The effects of deforestation include:
Loss of people and their culture
Extinction of large numbers of plant and animal species
Soil loss
Global increases in temperature, leading to a rise in sea level
Floods and drought due to the amount of rainfall

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Pine is the main wood harvested, and some hardwoods, such as cedar, mahogany, and rosewood, also are cut.


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