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NASA image reveals extent of deforestation in western Brazil

NASA image reveals extent of deforestation in western Brazil

NASA image reveals extent of deforestation in western Brazil Jeremy Hance mongabay.com May 04, 2011 Top image shows deforestation in Brazil's western state of Rondônia in 2000. Bottom image shows deforestation as of 2010. Images courtesy of NASA . The Brazilian state of Rondônia has undergone tremendous change over the past decade as revealed by the NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite. A hotspot for recent deforestation, Rondônia was once home to over 50 million acres (208,000 square kilometers of forest). By 2003 nearly a third of the rainforest in the state was gone and deforestation continues although at a slower pace. The state has the dubious honor of undergoing the highest percentage of forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon. Almost the entirety of the forest loss has occurred recently. Up to the mid-1970s only 1.73% of th...

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