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Congo deforestation. Logging industry worker inspecting and marking the stump of a mature tree that has been cut down in a tropical rainforest in the Congo Basin. These mature hardwood trees, on average 100 years old, include species such as sapelli, frake, limbali, okoume, tiama, afromosia, and moabi. The trunks will be turned into plywood, planks and other wood products at sawmills. The wood is mainly sold in the European market. The inspection allows assessment of the quality of the wood, and the marking shows who cut the tree down to show this logging is legal. Photographed in Kayate, Oriental Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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