Policy ForumEcology

Three-Gorges Dam--Experiment in Habitat Fragmentation?

Science  23 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5623, pp. 1239-1240
DOI: 10.1126/science.1083312

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Habitat fragmentation is the primary cause of the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, but its underlying processes and mechanisms remain poorly understood. Studies of islands and insular terrestrial habitats are essential for improving our understanding of habitat fragmentation. We argue that the Three-Gorges Dam, the largest that humans have ever created, presents a unique grand-scale natural experiment that allows ecologists to address a range of critical questions concerning the theory and practice of biodiversity conservation.