Category: 

Which Has More Wilderness Area: North America or Africa?

North America actually has more wilderness than Africa. While almost 40% of North America is wilderness, only about 30% of Africa is. Over 82% of Canadian land is mostly untouched by humans. Although Africa has a smaller amount of wilderness than North America, its rainforests are thought to hold over half of the world's plant and animal species.

More facts about the world's wilderness:

  • 24% of the world's wetlands are located in Canada.

  • Although over 100 million acres (over 400,000 square meters) in the United States has been declared as wilderness, only about 5% is protected.

  • Over 65% of Africa's arable land suffers from soil degradation.

  • Africa is being deforested at twice the rate of the rest of the world.

Follow wiseGEEK:
  twitter

More Info: www.wild.org

Discuss this Article

Post your comments

Post Anonymously

Login

username
password
forgot password?

Register

username
password
confirm
email

Free Widgets for your Site/Blog

The number of caribou (reindeer) in the Arctic has declined by 56% since the 1990s; some herds have shrunk by 90%.  more...
 
December 16 ,  1944 :  The Battle of the Bulge began.  more...