Deforestation Brazil, South America
This PROBA-V image (300 m) of Rondônia, western Brazil, visualizes the human impact on the world’s largest tropical rain forest. The brownish colors indicate deforested areas. Although the yearly deforestation rate in Rondônia has decreased from approximately 3900 km² in 2004 to nearly 900 km² in 2013 (ref. Brazilian Institute for Space Research, INPE), substantial amounts of precious rain forest still disappear every day.