Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) is surrounded by a national park – the area of dark green native forest – but the lowlands surrounding it have been converted to pasture. Most of New Zealand’s lowland forest – an important beetle habitat – has been turned into farmland. Because beetles are small and inconspicuous, it is likely that some native species never known to science have become extinct as a result of deforestation.
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Reference: International Space Station Crew Earth Observations Experiment and the Image Science & Analysis Group. ISS006-E-40152
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