Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Destruction of Brazilian Rainforest

This satellite image shows the destruction of Brazilian rainforest along highway corridors through the Amazon region, near the city of Santarem.

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The following details a tiny section of the above image:

Driven by the economic forces of logging, mining, hydroelectric projects, cattle farming and sugar cane and soy bean production for ethanol, much of this clearing has occurred in just the past twenty years.

The Amazon region is often referred to as the lungs of the planet, for its carbon-capturing and oxygen production.

For the view from Ground Zero, see this Big Picture photo essay.

In a related matter, the following image shows destructive gold mining in the Madre de Dios River region of the Peruvian Amazon:

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