Rivers in the Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles

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Trees are an active part of the water cycle – they suck water out of the ground through their roots and release water vapor into the atmosphere through pores in their foliage. En masse, they create giant rivers of water in the air that form clouds and create rainfall hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

Deforestation is causing these rivers to dry up, which is changing global water cycles and leading to droughts in major agriculture areas in China, India and the United States. 

FUN FACT: “The water that a single tree transpires daily has a cooling effect equivalent to two domestic air conditioners for a day. “ [Yale E360]

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