Earth From Above - France, Yann Arthus-Bertrand Aerial Photography :France From Above: Trees downed by storm in the forest of the Vosges Mountains, France Wallpaper

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Trees downed by storm in the forest of the Vosges Mountains, France
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2009.8.14
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France From Above: Trees downed by storm in the forest of the Vosges Mountains, France , Trees downed by storm in the forest of the Vosges Mountains, France (48°39’N, 7°14’E).
On December 26, 1999, the department of Vosges awoke to find 348 of its 515 communities without electric power, 10 percent of its forests leveled, railway traffic totally at a stop, and 60,000 telephone lines cut. The most severe damage occurred in the Lorraine region, after the storm cut across France causing 79 deaths—an event without precedent in France in recent centuries. Violent winds (up to 105 mph, or 169 kph, in Paris) cut down more than 300 million trees throughout the country, equivalent to three years of harvests for state forests (of which 70 percent is sold). The National Forest Service, which set out to replace these woods, now plans to emphasize forests that are more resistant by nature, without endangering the timber industry, by favoring biological diversity (more adaptive and diverse species) and avoiding systematic alignment. From this viewpoint, not all of the consequences of the catastrophe will prove negative.
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