Between 1880 and 1920 forests cover in the Indian subcontinent declined by 9.7 million hectares, from 108.6 million hectares to 98.9 million hectares. Discuss the role of the following factors in this decline:
Answer to be written in the exam:
Ships in the early 19th century were
made of wood before the industrial revolution.
With its enormous number of naval fleets, the
Royal Navy helped Britain maintain its colonial conquests.
But huge areas of
England's oak woodlands were cleared in order to maintain them.
- The Royal Navy faced a logistical challenge as a result since maintaining and building new ships required a steady supply of timber. By clearing its colonies' woodlands, it was quickly fixed. As a result, vast tracts of wood vanished , with some locations seeing practically total deforestation.