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Gauging what it takes to heal a disaster-ravaged forest


February 24, 2014

Jindong Zhang measures forest foliage in Wolong Recovering from natural disasters usually means rebuilding infrastructure and reassembling human lives. Yet ecologically sensitive areas need to heal, too, and scientists are pioneering new methods to assess nature's recovery and guide human intervention. Full Story

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