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Once destroyed, how long does it take rainforests to grow back and form functional ecosystems?

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As detailed in a New York Times article centered on the research of a scientist who specializes in rainforests, in these warm, humid tropical areas, "trees more than 100 feet high" grow within 15 years, "a thick rain-forest canopy" appears within 20 years, and elaborate ecosystems are formed in less than 50 years. Similarly, New Scientist has documented how a mid-Atlantic island developed a "fully functioning cloud rainforest ecosystem virtually from scratch in just 150 years."

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