Roads Shatter The Earth's Surface Into 600000 Fragments

Posted: Dec 16 2016, 7:56am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Roads Shatter the Earth's Surface into 600000 Fragments
Credit: AAAS Monika Hoffmann via Phys.org
  • Protection Requires for Road Free Areas
 

Scientists say road-free areas need urgent protection to prevent their continued loss.

Roads are mostly dangerous to nature and its elements, including wildlife, environment and forests.

Scientists said that many areas that are road free are not safe, stated in science journal. Scientists have designed a map for Roadless areas in the entire world, stated by Pierre Ibisch, a researcher at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, in Germany.

The map shows a loss of landscape into millions of fragments, and scientists used data containing 36 km of roads to create the map. An image of the map published by Phys.org.

Roads are essential for infrastructure, and you can’t travel without proper roads,as they enhance the economic development. But, roads have some bad effects in the form of pollution, noise and deforestation.

The scientists used different sources to understand road systems, like gRoads, Open Street Map, and 282 publications. The map showed areas without roads which is 80% of the earth’s land area.

But, half of the 600,000 areas developed by roads are less than 1 sq.km.Only 7 percent area is larger than400 sq. miles i.e. 100 sq.km that’s equal to the size of island of Montserrat.

Since roads are expanding continuously, so certain strategy is required for road free areas’ restoration, conservation and observation of their echo systems, stated by a group of scientists from 12 different institutions in 6 countries. 

Only a few countries have laws to protect road free areas, but most of road free areas are lost in Europe and North America.But, Blue Mountain still exists in Australia which is near Sydney, because the entire city hasn’t affected them.

Scientists consider Roadless areas very important and should be conserved in their original form, Dr. Ibisch stated to BBC News. According to Monika Hoffmann, co-researcher, most Roadless areas are reduced and are neglected.

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