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Serra da Mesa Reservoir and Deforestation in Mato Grosso, Brazil

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May 6th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Brazil - May 6th, 2012

Visible near the bottom edge of this image is the reservoir creatd by the Serra da Mesa Dam, an embankment dam on the Tocantins River near Minaçu, in Goiás, Brazil. The dam creates the largest reservoir by volume in Brazil, with a capacity of 54,400,000,000 m3 (1.92×1012 cu ft) and surface area of 1,784 km2 (689 sq mi).

The border between the states of Goiás and Mato Grosso is marked by the dark brown area west of the reservoir. In Mato Grosso, the terrain appears mostly mixed between agricultural lands, some of which were deforested, and forests along rivers such as the Ronuro River, visible near the left edge carrying tan sediments.

Deforestation Along BR 163 in Pará, Brazil

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September 11th, 2011 Category: Deforestation

Brazil - July 23rd, 2011

The herringbone-patterned tan lines cutting through the dark green of the Amazon Rainforest in the upper left quadrant are evidence of deforestation in the Brazilian state of Pará.

The deforestation in Pará follows the Brazialian national motorway BR 163, passing by cities such as Novo Progresso. The lower half of the image shows the state of Mato Grosso.

Agricultural Areas in Mato Grosso, Brazil

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January 13th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Brazil - December 31st, 2010

This APM image shows part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, meaning “Thick Woods”. Despite its name, the state actually has three different ecosystems: Cerrado, Pantanal and the Amazon Rainforest.

Open pasture vegetation covers 40% of the state. This image highlights fields and areas of agriculture, as they stand out as orange, green and grey geometrical shapes, while uncultivated lands appear bright yellow. Rivers appear as dark green ribbons.

Pantanal Wetlands in Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

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November 9th, 2010 Category: Wetlands

Brazil - June 26th, 2010

Brazil - June 26th, 2010

The left side of this image shows part of the Pantanal, a tropical wetland that lies mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul but extends into Mato Grosso as well as into portions of Bolivia and Paraguay.

This image focuses on the part in the two aforementioned Brazilian states. As one moves eastward, out of the wetlands area, the terrain becomes speckled reddish tan and green. Many agricultural fields can be observed in this part of the image.

Fires Burning in Mato Grosso and Tocantins States Contribute to Cloud of Smoke Over Brazil

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September 29th, 2010 Category: Fires, Rivers

Smoke from Fires in Bolivia and Brazil - September 22nd, 2010

Fires burning in Brazil continue to contribute smoke to the cloud of haze from those burning in Bolivia. Here, the smoke cloud can be observed along the left side of the thumbnail image.

Upon opening the full image, many individual fires can be seen near the Araguaia River, in the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso (west) and Tocantins (east).

The complete extent of the cloud of smoke can also be better observed in the full image, stretching from near the mouth of the Amazon River, in northern Brazil, to below a wide segment of the Paraná River in the south of the country.

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