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Edge effects

One of the problems with fragmentation is that the remaining fragments may be effectively much smaller than they seem.

Note: Circular areas minimize the edge to interior ratio, so if you have a choice in designing a reserve you may be better off to have one that's fairly round than one of equal area that's square or rectangular, unless your objective in designing the reserve is to provide habitat for ``edge'' species.


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Kent Holsinger 2009-11-03