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Schwartzberg Atlas, v. , p. 154.

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clearing, often for slash-and-burn agriculture, has led to severe soil erosion and depletion, soil degradation, inferior second and subsequent forest growth, and a loss in the combined moisture retentiveness of both the soil and its vegetative cover. Accordingly, relative edaphic (soil-related) drought may ac- company humid climatic conditions.

The photographs in the margin of plate I.C.2 show some of the major forest types currently encountered in South Asia.

A note of caution is in order with respect to the representa- tion of forested areas on plate I.C.2. Since the information portrayed was taken or adapted from highly disparate sources, we cannot be sure how much the differences in proportion of forests to total area reflect meaningless differences in the way the map sources have generalized their data. Although our overall judgment is that we have given a fairly accurate pic- ture, we suspect that the extent of forest cover in the Pakistani- occupied portion of Kashmir is probably underrepresented, while that in Burma is probably somewhat excessive.

Sources for Map

Atlases

D. G. E. Hall (1964); India, National Atlas Organisation (1957); Nepal, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (1966).

Other Books and Articles

E. Cook (1951); S. F. De Silva (1954); R. R. Platt (1961); C. Rathjens (1969); O. H. K. Spate and A. T. A. Learmonth (1967).

Selected Additional Works

H. G. Champion (1936); French Institute of Pondicherry (1962–, listed under Unbound Maps); P. Legris (1963); V. M. Meher Homji (1963); G. S. Puri (1960); U. Schweinfurth (1957). See also works in the General Bibliography for sec- tion I not cited above.

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