Limestone Karsts of Southeast Asia: Imperiled Arks of Biodiversity

  title={Limestone Karsts of Southeast Asia: Imperiled Arks of Biodiversity},
  author={R. Clements and N. Sodhi and M. Schilthuizen and P. Ng},
  • R. Clements, N. Sodhi, +1 author P. Ng
  • Published 2006
  • Biology
  • Abstract The overexploitation of the world's biomes for natural products calls for the prioritization of biologically important ecosystems for conservation. Here we show that limestone karsts are “arks” of biodiversity and often contain high levels of endemism. Humans have exploited karsts for a variety of products and services, but unsustainable practices have caused population declines and extinctions among site-endemic taxa. Limestone quarrying is the primary threat to karst biodiversity in… CONTINUE READING
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