Satellite Image, Photo of Deforestation, Pará State, Brazil

This true-color MODIS image highlights the increasing environmental pressures on South America's Amazon River basin. The area shown is part of the Brazilian state of Pará. In the far upper right corner is the reservoir created by the Tucuruí Dam on the Tocantins River, a huge hydroelectric project that was constructed amid controversy over negative environmental impacts and human rights violations. According to a report released in November 2000 by the World Commission on Dams, the project ultimately displaced over 14,000 indigenous people, resulted in high rates of fish mortality, and provided breeding grounds for increasing numbers of mosquitoes, which increased occurrence of malaria..
Source: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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