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Agriculture Along the Border of Bahia, Brazil

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December 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Brazil - November 15th, 2009

Brazil - November 15th, 2009

The north-south border between the Brazilian states of Bahia (right) and Tocantins (left, above) and Goias (left, below) appears as a line running down the left side of the image.

Tan agricultural areas stretch eastward into the state of Bahia from the border, while the terrain on the Tocantins and Goias side is bright green. In the agricultural areas, both rectangular and circular fields can be seen upon opening the full image.

The border actually runs along the edge of a 800 to 1000 meter high plateau in Bahia. The states of Tocantins and Goias lie below, after a drop-off of 200 meters.

Agricultural Fires in Goais, Brazil

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July 2nd, 2009 Category: Fires

Brazil - July 1st, 2009

Brazil - July 1st, 2009

Fires

Fires

A large agricultural area stretches along the state borders of Bahia (right) and Tocantins (upper left) and Goais (lower left), in Brazil. Several fires, probably agricultural in nature, are visible amongst the fields in the close-up.

These fields are located within the state of Bahia, on an 800 to 1000 meter high plateau. A 200 meter dropoff marks the end of the plateau and the border with Tocantins and Goais, which have an altitude of 600 meter or lower.

The Araguaia River and Protected Areas in the Brazilian Amazon

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June 29th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Brazil - June 11th, 2009

Brazil - June 11th, 2009

The Araguaia River, visible as a vertical tan line on the right side of this image, is one of the major rivers of Brazil, and the principal tributary of the Tocantins. It has a total length of approximately 2,627 km.

Along its course, the river forms the border between the Brazilian federal states of Goiás, Mato Grosso, Tocantins and Pará. Here, most of the land visible is in Mato Grosso, west of the river, and Tocantins, east of the river.

The dark green and brown land around the Araguaia is a protected area for indigenous peoples, part of the Parque Indigena do Araguaia. On the far left, the dark green area of rainforest is also a protected national park, the Parque Nacional Xingu.

The parks were created with the twin objectives of protecting the environment and the indigenous populations of the area.

The land in the center of the image, however, is not protected and has been deforested and exploited for agriculture and grazing.

Agriculture Along Bahia-Tocantins Border, Brazil

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May 28th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Brazil - May 11th, 2009

Brazil - May 11th, 2009

Fields stretch on for kilometers and kilometers in the Brazilian state of Bahia, (right) along the border with the states of Tocantins (left, above) and Goais (left, below).

The border is clearly visible as a line running through the center of the image. The land in Tocantins and Goais is dark green, while that of Bahia is tan and brown.

The border is actually marked by a steep 200 meter drop-off, from an 800 to 1000 meter high plateau on the Bahia side, down to the Tocantins and Goais terrain at an elevation of 600 meters or less.