Tractor clears rainforest to build an oil well

Tractor clears rainforest to build an oil well

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cleared rainforest. View of a tractor clearing the forest floor of felled trees. This is part of a deforestation project in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest to make way for oil wells. Most of the tropical forest in western Ecuador has been cleared or destroyed, mostly by foreign oil companies. Such deforestation has global environmental implications such as increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. This may lead to an increase in global temperature by the "greenhouse effect".

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Keywords: clearance, deforestation, ecuador, environment, forest, geography, oil industry, rainforest

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