Betsiboka River Delta

Madagascar may well be the most unique place on earth. 90% of the wildlife found on Madagascar is exclusive to this small island country off of Africa’s eastern coast, including over 100 species and subspecies of lemur alone.

Unfortunately, human activity is taking its toll on this biodiversity hotspot. Erosion caused by the widespread destruction of forest habitats is silting the rivers, turning them brick red – the color of the soil. While visually striking, it is symptomatic of an ecosystem in distress.

Learn more: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Deforestation/deforestation_update3.php

Middle School Classroom: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/lemurs/