Landsat image of the rain forests (Brazil)

Landsat image of the rain forests (Brazil)

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Caption: Landsat image of the rain forests surrounding the Rondonia Development Project in Western Brazil. The image (recorded in June 1976), shows the initial deforestation (dense vegetation appears red) associated with a roadway (with its parallel side roads), driven through the forest in preparation for the families of "slash & burn" farmers whom the government relocated at Rondonia due to severe poverty in other regions of Brazil. Nutrients in soil are associated with root systems of trees; when released by burning cleared wood they are quickly exhausted & not replaced, forcing farmers to repeat the process elsewhere.

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Keywords: brazil, deforestation, environment, geography, landsat imagery, rainforest, rondonia project

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