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Some Biologists See Holes in Gap Analysis

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Science  08 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5289, pp. 917
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5289.917


To target the best places for protection, conservation biologists often overlay maps of the ranges of different species in a technique called “gap analysis.” The method has been valuable in pinpointing unprotected sites, but some critics charge that the range maps themselves are unreliable.