A rash of road construction is causing widespread change in the world’s largest tropical forest — with potentially global consequences.
The rainforest will become a source of carbon dioxide if climate change continues and extremes in precipitation, according to a study published in the British journal Nature.
The seasonality of sunlight and rainfall regulates net primary production in tropical forests. Previous studies have suggested that light is more limiting than water for tropical forest productivity.
New research published in Nature adds further evidence to the argument that drought and fire are reducing the Amazon’s ability to store carbon, raising concerns that Earth’s largest rainforest could tip from a carbon sink to a carbon source.
Study published in the journal Nature reveals that mastodons, armadillos as big as a car and five tons sloths once inhabited the world’s largest forest.