Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp 1121–1130 | Cite as

Effects of soil and wood depletion on biodiversity

  • Celia A. Harvey
  • David Pimentel


Human depletion of soil and wood resources is dramatically altering the biodiversity of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This paper provides an overview of the numerous linkages between the depletion of soil and wood resources and the loss of biodiversity. While some of these linkages are well documented, others remain speculative or unexplored. In order to understand the full ramifications of resource depletion on biodiversity, additional research is required.


soil erosion deforestation biodiversity resource depletion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celia A. Harvey
    • 1
  • David Pimentel
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of Ecology and SystematicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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