Extensive Deforestation in Rondônia, Brazil – June 7th, 20108.7S 63.9W
Rondônia is 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. Its capital is Porto Velho.
Two thirds of its area used to be covered by the Amazon Rainforest. This image, however, shows the extensive deforestation present. In fact, but about three-fifths of the state has been deforested since intensive settlement and logging began in the 1970s, escalating even to this day. A majority of its citizens now live in urban areas.