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Vanishing Wilderness - A Survey of Human Disturbance of World Ecosystems



(Hannah, L. et. al. 1994)

Hannah et. al. (1994) produced a preliminary inventory of human disturbance of world ecosystems. The charts below are taken from this inventory.

Region/Ecosystem

Total Area

Undisturbed

  Partially Disturbed

  Human Dominated

 

sq. km

%

%

%

World Total

162,052,591

51.9

24.2

23.9

World Total*

134,904,471

27.0

36.7

36.3

 

 

 

 

 

*adjusted for rock, ice, and barren land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indo-Malayan

8,785,216

11.6

31.8

56.6

Afrotropical

24,473,218

35.8

45.3

18.9

Neotropical

21,550,527

59.9

22.2

17.9

Australian

8,255,821

62.1

27.8

10.1

Oceanic

933,683

77.6

12.3

10.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afrotropical

 

 

 

 

Guinean rainforest

709,112

8.4

19.4

72.2

Congo Rainforest

2,195,019

61.2

21.4

17.3

Indo-Malayan

 

 

 

 

Southern Chinese rainforest

216,650

0

14.4

85.6

Java

153,132

0

14.9

85.1

Bengali rainforest

203,860

0

19.4

80.7

Philippines

315,272

3.2

9.6

87.2

Ceylon rainforest

25,122

0

27.5

72.5

Lesser Sundas

44,565

0

30.9

69.1

Taiwan

412,246

0

34.5

65.5

Malabar rainforest

265,040

0

38.2

61.8

Burman rainforest

216,661

0

40.5

59.5

Indochinese rainforest

565,119

3.8

25.3

71.0

Malayan rainforest

189,183

0

43.1

56.9

Indus-Ganges monsoon forest

1,859,022

0.1

43.1

56.8

Burma monsoon forest

464,612

0

55.0

45.0

Ceylon monsoon forest

47,104

0

77.3

22.7

Thailand monsoon forest

1,152,995

18.7

14.1

67.2

Sumatra

504,435

27.1

17.5

55.5

Neotropical

 

 

 

 

Serra do Mar (Atlantic Forest)

223,944

6.5

4.4

69.0

Greater Antillean

113,237

11.0

12.0

77.0

Yucatecan

48,692

18.6

2.3

79.1

Colombian Montane

181,288

64.7

11.0

24.3

Madieran

1,988,840

81.5

2.1

16.4

Panamanian

128,872

90.0

0

10.0

Guyanan

1,090,396

94.5

2.3

3.2

Amazonian

2,864,623

98.0

0

2.0

Oceanic

 

 

 

 

New Caledonia

23,622

0.0

100.0

0

Papuan

910,061

77.0

12.6

10.3




Continued: Economic Restructuring


Other pages in this section:

A World Imperilled
Threats from Humankind
Economic Restructuring
Logging
Fires
Commercial Agriculture
Hydro, Pollution, Hunting
Debt
Consumption, Conclusion
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References
References
References
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Natural forces
Subsistence Activities
Oil Extraction
Mining
War
Cattle Pasture
Fuelwood, Roads, Climate
Population & Poverty

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- Poverty


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