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Fires and Deforestation in Brazilian State of Mato Grosso – July 11th, 2010

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July 11th, 2010 Category: Climate Change, Fires, Image of the day

Brazil - June 26th, 2010

Brazil - June 26th, 2010

Several fires, possibly agriculture-related given the number of fields checkered across this image, can be seen here in 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.

In the upper half of the image, the herringbone patterns of deforestation can be seen where the vegetation has been cleared for agricultural use or human settling. The area around the river to the right, however, has not yet been affected.

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