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The term habitat fragmentation includes five discrete phenomena: Reduction in the total area of the habitat Decrease of the interior: Habitat fragmentation is the landscape level of the phenomenon, and patch level process.
Thus meaning, it covers; the patch areas, edge effects, and patch shape complexity. Scientists who use the stricter definition of "habitat fragmentation" per se  would refer to loss of habitat area as "habitat loss" and explicitly mention both terms if describing a situation where the habitat becomes less connected and there is less overall habitat.
Natural causes[ edit ] Evidence of habitat destruction through natural processes such as volcanismfire, and climate change is found in the fossil record. Habitats which were once continuous become divided into separate fragments. After intensive clearing, the separate fragments tend to be very small islands isolated from each other by cropland, pasture, pavement, or even barren land.
The latter is often the result of slash and burn farming in tropical forests. There are exogenous processes and endogenous processes. Endogenous are process that develop as a part of a species biology so they typically include changes in biology, behavior and interactions within or between species.
Endogenous threats can result in changes to breeding patterns or migration patterns and are often triggered by exogenous processes.
Exogenous processes are independent of species biology and can include habitat degradation, habitat subdivision or habitat isolation. These processes can have a substantial impact on endogenous processes by fundamentally altering species behavior. Habitat subdivision or isolation can lead to changes in dispersal or movement of species including changes to seasonal migration.
These changes can lead to decrease in a density of species, increased competition or even increased predation. Habitat fragmentation often involves both habitat destruction and the subdivision of previously continuous habitat.
Area is the primary determinant of the number of species in a fragment  and the relative contributions of demographic and genetic processes to the risk of global population extinction depend on habitat configuration, stochastic environmental variation and species features.
Thus fragmentation of habitat is an important cause of species extinction.
In an unfragmented landscape a declining population can be "rescued" by immigration from a nearby expanding population. In fragmented landscapes, the distance between fragments may prevent this from happening.
Additionally, unoccupied fragments of habitat that are separated from a source of immigrants by some barrier are less likely to be repopulated than adjoining fragments.
Even small species such as the Columbia spotted frog are reliant on the rescue effect. Microclimatic changes in light, temperature and wind can alter the ecology around the fragment, and in the interior and exterior portions of the fragment. Fires become more likely in the area as humidity drops and temperature and wind levels rise.
Exotic and pest species may establish themselves easily in such disturbed environments, and the proximity of domestic animals often upsets the natural ecology. Also, habitat along the edge of a fragment has a different climate and favours different species from the interior habitat.
Small fragments are therefore unfavourable for species which require interior habitat. The percentage preservation of contiguous habitats is closely related to both genetic and species biodiversity preservation. The existence of viable habitat is critical to the survival of any species, and in many cases the fragmentation of any remaining habitat can lead to difficult decisions for conservation biologists.
Given a limited amount of resources available for conservation is it preferable to protect the existing isolated patches of habitat or to buy back land to get the largest possible continuous piece of land. In rare cases a conservation reliant species may gain some measure of disease protection by being distributed in isolated habitats.
One solution to the problem of habitat fragmentation is to link the fragments by preserving or planting corridors of native vegetation.Amazon in Grocery – What Customer Type Is Most at Risk? customer base is at most risk to Amazon based on their existing usage of Amazon.
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