The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 4, 1997 · Page 16
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 16

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Tropical forests absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, one of PATEK PHILIPPE V GENEVE the gases that trap solar heat and is thought to increase global warming. Also, the burning adds to the atmosphere s carbon Che And this year, the Amazon and other rain forests have been if! scorched like never before At least half the Amazon rain forest is a tinderbox ready to go up in smoke, raising the specter of an ecological disaster that may wipe out the world's largest wilderness. About 12 percent of the 2 million-square-mile jungle is already gone, and burning has been so intense in recent months that a lake caught fire and people in jungle cities are being treated for respiratory ailments. And now, a seven-year study suggests the burning may get much worse: The rain forest even at its pristine core is dangerously dry and flammable because of logging, deliberate burning around its edges and El Nino. The Associated Press obtained the research this week. 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Farmers who burn scrub in cleared areas to fertilize the weak soil are drying out underground pockets of water in adjacent forest And logging of precious hardwoods in scattered patches opens holes in the Amazon canopy and permits more sunlight to enter the forest, drying the air, soil and ground. Drought makes trees shed their leaves, allowing more sunlight to parch the soil. "It becomes a vicious cycle," said Nepstad. "Maybe God will smile on us and we'll get seven straight years of astounding rains in the Amazon and put the issue on different footing," said Schwartzman. "But with El Nino here, don't count on it." PALM BEACH PALM BEACH GARDENS PRINCETON LAWRENCEVILLE Sale had been sprinkled in a small ' parcel of undisturbed jungle in Paragominas in the eastern Amazon. Normally the moist vegetation wouldn't catch. But this time, 300 acres went up in flames. 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