Deforestation in Brazil$69.00 USD
Taken on January 22, 2016, this image collected by NASA's Landsat 8 satellite and offered by Customaps, marks the border between two countries. This area of the Brazilian state of Acre is situated near the border with northeastern Bolivia. Settlement and deforestation surrounding the Brazilian forest are seen here in the striking “herringbone” deforestation patterns that cut through the rainforest. Colonization projects in the region are supported by farming, logging activities, and extensive cattle ranching. Much of the surrounding terrain is of a poorly-draining clay hardpan soil, and heavy rainfall periodically converts parts of the forested region to swamp. Most of the major rivers in the image provide reference points for state or international (Bolivia-Brazil) boundaries.
The border between Acre and the Bolivian department of Pando is marked by the Rio Abuna. Brazil once had the highest deforestation rate in the world and in 2005 still had the largest area of forest removed annually. Since 1970, over 230,000 square miles (600,000 sq km) of the Amazon rainforest have been destroyed. In 2012, the Amazon was approximately 5.4 million square kilometers, which is only 87% of the Amazon’s original state. Rainforests have decreased in size primarily due to deforestation. Despite reductions in the rate of deforestation in the last ten years, the Amazon Rainforest will be reduced by 40% by 2030 at the current rate.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Customaps, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
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