Clearing of virgin forests, or intentional destruction or removal of trees and other vegetation for agricultural, commercial, housing, or firewood use without replanting (reforesting) and without allowing time for the forest to regenerate itself. Deforestation is one of the major factors contributing to the greenhouse effect and desertification.

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  • As a lumberjack, Rodrigo knew that his job contributed to the deforestation of the Pacific Northwest, but he still had to fulfill his passion for tree-cutting.

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  • The state ordered a mass deforestation of the nearby forests due to a demand for new buildings, homes and factories.

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  • The intense logging operations in the area led to complete deforestation, which displaced thousands of native species of plants and animals, leading several to become endangered.

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