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The rainforest's water pump

An investigation of naturally occurring water recycling in rainforests finally marries the results of global climate models with observations. Alarmingly, it also suggests that deforestation can greatly reduce tropical rainfall. See Letter p.282

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Figure 1: Effect of deforestation on rainfall in the tropics.


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Aragão, L. The rainforest's water pump. Nature 489, 217–218 (2012).

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