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Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years Videos

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Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years

The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 per cent forest. Within a few centuries, almost all of the island’s trees were slashed and burned to make room for farming. This rapid deforestation has resulted in massive soil erosion that puts the island at risk for desertification.

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