Coloured radar satellite image of deforestation

Coloured radar satellite image of deforestation

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Caption: Deforestation. Coloured radar satellite image of areas of rainforest cleared for agriculture. North is at upper left. Untouched forest is pink, areas cleared for agriculture are blue and green and a rainstorm appears orange at bottom centre. The heavy rainfall in tropical regions means that cleared land rapidly has its nutrients leached away. This leads farmers to clear more forest to maintain productivity, causing habitat loss for countless species of rainforest animals & plants. Image taken by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C aboard the American space shuttle Endeavour in April over the state of Rondonia, western Brazil. Image area: 35.2km x 21.3km.

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Keywords: agriculture, brazil, cloud, deforestation, destruction of, environment, forest, from space, geography, photo, radar, radar imagery, rain, rainforest, satellite image, shuttle imagery

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