Burnt peatland

Man made channels cut through recently burnt rainforest on the road from Pekanbaru to the small village Teluk Meranti. The nutrient rich water is drained to make way for acaccia or palm oil plantations which do not favour the wet conditions of peatland rainforest. In 2006 the deforestation of Indonesia's peatlands released 1,9 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. Even after it has been burnt, the cleared peatland releases a slow but steady stream of carbon dioxide and other organic gases that were previously locked in its root systems.

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Man made channels cut through recently burnt rainforest on the road from Pekanbaru to the small village Teluk Meranti. The nutrient rich water is drained to make way for acaccia or palm oil plantations which do not favour the wet conditions of peatland rainforest. In 2006 the deforestation of Indonesia's peatlands released 1,9 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. Even after it has been burnt, the cleared peatland releases a slow but steady stream of carbon dioxide and other organic gases that were previously locked in its root systems.
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