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