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This topic covers material that falls into two important spheres of geographical study: biogeography and conservation science. These topics form major components of many undergraduate geography courses, and may also be part of your A-Level syllabus.

The topic includes several reading resources, including two research articles from the journal Science, and some conservation organisation websites which contain lots of useful information and case studies. You will need to read these resources as you work through the task. Questions for consideration and discussion are included.

Some additional suggestions for reading and discussion are also included: these are not essential for this task but will help you to find more about biogeography and conservation.
Much of this material is still being hotly debated, and the aim of this task is getting you to engage critically with the material. What are your opinions and your interpretations of the evidence?

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