Sunday, July 29, 2012

Deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest

This animation shows deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest in the western Brazilian state of Rondônia from 1986 to 2010. While the central area remains green and untouched, squares of light green and brown pop up over time as the forest is cut away.

The animation was created using two cloud-free images: the first from NASA’s Landsat mission in 1986, and the second from the Spanish Deimos mission in 2010. The changes over time were simulated by referring to other satellite data acquired during the 24 years between the two images.

Video credit: ESA/USGS/Deimos Imaging; text credit: ESA/USGS/Deimos Imaging

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