Thursday, January 19, 2006

34 Biodiversity Hotspots

Conservation International has an interesting website devoted to the world's 34 biodiversity hotspots. A hotspot is a place with a large number of endemic species (found nowhere else). CI has identified 34 of these areas whose remaining habitat represent less than 3% of the world's land area, yet are home to 50% of the world's plant species and over 40% of terrestrial vertebrates. All of these hotspots are under heavy pressure having lost at least 70% of their original area to development or mismanagement.


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