NASA Photo ID: STS031-152-000HS    File Name: 10063600.jpg
  Film Type: 4x5                     Date Taken: 04/29/90
  Title: Deforestation, Madagascar
  Description:
  This high oblique view shows the majority of the island of Madagascar
  (19.0S,  47.5E).  This Texas sized island is now largely deforested and is
  suffering  from severe soil erosion as well as a declining biological
  species diversity  and productivity.  At the turn of the century, the
  island was almost totally  forested but now, forests cover only about 10
  percent of the surface.  Evidence of soil erosion can be seen in the
  offshore sediment plumes.                 
  Subject terms:
  DEFORESTATION                           
  EARTH OBSERVATIONS (FROM SPACE)         
  ISLANDS                                 
  MADAGASCAR                              
  MOUNTAINS                               
  STS-31                                  
  

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