How Forests Attract Rain: An Examination of a New Hypothesis

  title={How Forests Attract Rain: An Examination of a New Hypothesis},
  author={Douglas Sheil and Daniel Murdiyarso},
A new hypothesis suggests that forest cover plays a much greater role in determining rainfall than previously recognized. It explains how forested regions generate large-scale flows in atmospheric water vapor. Under this hypothesis, high rainfall occurs in continental interiors such as the Amazon and Congo river basins only because of near-continuous forest cover from interior to coast. The underlying mechanism emphasizes the role of evaporation and condensation in generating atmospheric… 
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