Sunday, February 6, 2011

More photos from Madagascar

Here are some more photos from Madagascar taken from a plane over Morandoava about 140 km SW of Miandrivazo where Sinbad is hanging out.  It shows the coastal forest and in showing that reveals how much of the inland forest has been lost.  You can see it if you zoom in using Google Earth, so the extent of forest loss is great enough to be seen from space.  Erosion is a huge problem in Madagascar.  It threatens the wildlife there, but in the long term also threatens the ability of subsistence farmers to feed themselves.  From Sinbad's standpoint, reduced forest probably means reduced food resources for sooty falcons in the winter.  We'll see what Sinbad does.

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