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Fires and Deforestation Near Rio Branco, Brazil and Bolivia – August 22nd, 2010

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August 22nd, 2010 Category: Climate Change, Fires, Image of the day, Rivers

Brazil - July 29th, 2010

The city of Rio Branco can be observed in the center of this image as an expansive tan area amidst the lush green rainforest of the Brazilian state of Acre. Several other towns and the roads connecting them also appear tan in color.

Rio Branco is located near the Brazil-Bolivia border, and the land south of the city belongs to the latter. The meandering, tan sediment-carrying river crossing the lower part of the image is the Madre de Dios River, in Bolivia.

Much deforestation can be seen in the area, realized for clearing land for settlements and agriculture. Multiple fires are also visible in both Brazil and Bolivia. Many of these were probably set in order to deforest the land.

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