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Xingu National Park in Mato Grosso, Brazil

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December 9th, 2009 Category: Climate Change

Brazil - November 17th, 2009

Brazil - November 17th, 2009

This FAPAR image shows the vegetation of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. A state with a flat landscape, alternating great chapadas and plain areas, Mato Grosso presents three different ecosystems: Cerrado, Pantanal and the Amazon Rainforest. Open pasture vegetation covers 40% of the state.

In FAPAR images, the color spectrum over land runs from red (1.0), to green, to yellow and white (0.0), while bodies of water generally appear blue. Here, much of the large, dark red area presenting high photosythetic activity (upper left quadrant) is part of the Xingu National Park, with an area of 2,642,003 ha (26,420 kmĀ²). This national park created with the twin objectives of protecting the environment and the indigenous populations of the area.

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