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Jan 21 2012

Satellite View of Roads Cut Through Brazilian Rainforests

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According to William Laurance at environment360 highways and roads are the single biggest factor determining the pattern and pace of tropical forest destruction. New roads that slice deep into intact forest tracts are especially devastating.

A satellite view of deforestation associated with roads in the Brazilian Amazon - http://e360.yale.edu/

A satellite view of deforestation associated with roads in the Brazilian Amazon.

In Brazil 7,500 kilometers of new paved highways crisscross the Amazon basin. Three major new highways are cutting across the towering Andes mountains, providing a direct link for timber and agricultural exports from the Amazon to resource-hungry Pacific Rim nations, such as China.

But one promising idea to slow down the destruction, is to build railroads because they only stop at fixed locations, so the movement of forest products and exploitation could be monitored.

Read More here:

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_roads_spread_in_tropical_rain_forests_environmental_toll_grows/2485/

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