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Deforestation in Mato Grosso, Brazil

June 20th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Brazil - June 11th, 2009

Brazil - June 11th, 2009

The Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, which used to be rather untouched and isolated deep within the Amazon rainforest, has been progressively modernized. Now, particularly since the beginning of the 21st century, deforestation has become a serious problem.

This image portrays the northern area of the state. The dark green area is intact rainforest, while the light green and tan areas have been cleared, mostly to create open land for gattle grazing but also for large agricultural plantations.

Here, the largest deforested areas run along a north-south axis on the left sideĀ  of the image, following the BR 163 motorway. Newer areas of forest are also being cleared along the MT 322 road, which runs east to west across the top.

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