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Drought Continues to Afflict Amazon, Brazil

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November 19th, 2010 Category: Climate Change, Vegetation Index

Brazil - November 16th, 2010

In a one-year period the Amazon region has gone through the biggest flood and now the worst drought. Scientists have expressed surprise, saying that they were expecting these extremes would only happen every 50 years.

This FAPAR image focuses on the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. Here, the vegetation index is highest to the west (rusty red), and good to the east (green), with some areas of low photosynthetic activity (yellow).

The fact that these extreme events are so close may indicate changes in the climate, not only here in Amazonas region of Brazil visible here, but also in the south of Brazil, since the Amazon influences the rains there as well. Deforestation, therefore, affects this entire system.

This drought directly affects the lives of people who live along the rivers. These people depend on the river for transportation, meals, and end up isolated because of the drought. In some areas in the middle of the Amazon basin, people have no water to drink, reported Greenpeace.

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