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    Explain how forests prevent floods.

    Class VII (7) science

    Asked By Ajay Dara


    • The forests prevent floods in many ways. The forest acts as a natural absorber of rainwater and allows it to seep. In deep forest, during heavy rain, the raindrops do not hit the forest floor directly.
    • When it rains on cleared ground the water immediately starts to run towards creeks gully's and rivers the sudden movement downwards of water can lead to local flash flooding and heavy flooding further down stream especially if the river system is full already.
    • If it rains on a standing forest the trees or plants are responsible for holding an enormous amount of water. some of this water may eventually find its way to the rivers but it takes more time add to this water evaporating back into the air and disastrous floods can be averted.

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