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Deforestation in Rondônia, Brazil – July 10th, 2012

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July 10th, 2012 Category: Deforestation, Image of the day

Brazil – July 5th, 2012

This image focuses on Rondônia, a state in Brazil, located in the north-western part of the country. To the west is a short border with the state of Acre, to the north is the state of Amazonas, in the east is Mato Grosso, and in the south is Bolivia.

The state is covered mostly with Amazon Rainforest, but about three-fifths of the state has been deforested since intensive settlement and logging began in the 1970s, speeding up deforestation even into current times. A majority of its citizens now live in urban areas. Here, the deforested areas appear light green, and often show a herringbone pattern, in contrast with the dark green of the lush Amazon Rainforest.

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