Various studies have shown that our forested and hilly regions and, in general, areas where biodiversity—as reflected in the variety of flora—is high, are the places where poverty appears to be high. And these same areas are also the ones where educational performance seems to be poor. Therefore, it may be surmised that, even disregarding poverty status, richness in biodiversity goes hand in hand with educational backwardness.
Which one of the following statements, if true, can be said to best provide supporting evidence for the surmise mentioned in the passage?
The stated conclusion is that richness in biodiversity goes hand in hand with educational backwardness. The underlying assumption is that in areas with low biodiversity, the educational performance is better. As option D bolsters this assumption, it strengthens the conclusion.
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