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Notes on the Geography of Micronesia (Pohnpei): Pohnpei: Photo 135

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Meanwhile, the island's forest cover has been reduced from 43 percent in 1975 to 12 percent in 2002. Those numbers at first glance seem impossible: the whole island is green, after all. But most of the green is planted by islanders venturing into the forest to establish Piper methysticum, the source of sakau, or kava, the mildly narcotic beverage of choice on Pohnpei.

There's a series of maps showing the progressive loss of the island's forest cover in Balick and colleagues, Ethnobotany of Pohnpei, p. 15.

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