Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:48 am
Shorea wrote:It would not be so bad, except for the fact that you can't go anywhere in this region without encountering mile upon mile of oil palm that has long replaced what was once towering, rich, tropical rainforest.
Reminds me of driving down south (SE coastal plain) back in the '70s-- I was shocked to see mile upon mile of pine plantations- they all looked identical with palmetto understory. I walked into one- got few hundred feet from the road and was afraid of being lost forever in there. What a nightmare. I still wonder what the coastal plane loooked like in pre human days. I suppose it will be argued that the Indians burned those forests- but before the Indians, I doubt that pine would have been the dominant species.