Bulldozing a clearing in Ecuador rainforest

Bulldozing a clearing in Ecuador rainforest

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Exploitation of the rain forest: a bulldozer clearing space in the Amazonian Ecuador rain forest to make way for oil exploration. Vast tracts of the rain forest have been sold to foreign oil companies by the Ecuador government. The area is rich in oil reserves, accounting for 41.8% of its exports (1986 figure). The recovery of oil from these areas has led to massive loss of rain forest vegetation, both from direct clearing as here and from oil spills leaching into the soil.

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Keywords: clearing of, deforestation, ecuador, environment, geography, oil exploration, rainforest

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