Burning jungle

Humboldt University’s Geomatics Lab organized a field campaign in Pará State, Brazil, to validate satellite image based deforestation and forest degradation maps in summer 2014. Logging, burning, and subsequent extensive grazing drive large area deforestation, making the area around Novo Progresso one of Amazonia’s deforestation hotspots. Natural succession is hard to control on extensive pastureland and illegal burning is commonly practiced to keep the grassland open. Adjacent forests are often affected and previously forested land is regularly converted into new pastures.

Photo by:
Patrick Hostert
Brazil, Pará state, near Novo Progresso
July 2014
Posted by:
Patrick Hostert
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