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Deforestation Around Rio Branco, Brazil

9.9S 67.8W

September 25th, 2009 Category: Climate Change, Rivers

Brazil - August 24th, 2009

Brazil - August 24th, 2009

The city of Rio Branco, the biggest city and the capital of the Brazilian state of Acre, stands out as a tan area amidst the green rainforest.

Acre has a territory covered mostly by jungle of the Amazon Rainforest. However, deforestation and settlement have destroyed many acres of rainforest in this area, as is evident from the web-like, brown incisions in the dark green forest visible here.

The terrain below the city is part of Bolivia, as Rio Branco is located near the Brazil-Bolivia border. The tan, sediment-laden river seen here snaking its way through Bolivian territory is the Rio Madre de Dios.

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