RAINFORESTS

  • A traditional river boat and its crew are stranded on a sand bank during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Amazon. Barreirinha, Amazonas State, Brazil.
  • A small patch of virgin rainforest remians near the edge of a new housing development on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
  • The Curuai Lake is almost completely dry during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Amazon region, 2005. Para State, Brazil.
  • A horse walks across a lake that is almost completely dry during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Amazon region, 2005. Para State, Brazil.
  • 1645 hectares of the Gleba do Pacoval illegally logged to plant soy. Santarem, Para State, Brazil.
  • Ground covered by the purple flowers of the Jambo tree in Bellterra, Para State, Brazil.
  • Forty percent of the timber extracted from the Amazon rainforest is used to produce charcoal. Para State, Brazil.
  • A logging road bisects rainforest land that has been cleared and burned from land that hasn't near Jambi, Indonesia.
  • Piles of slash are burned to clear the rainforest land for agricultural production at Onane, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Cattle paths spoke out from a water and feeding station in a burnt field near Redençao, Para State, Brazil.
  • Severe drought reveals the remains of a tree on the banks of the Madeira River near Nova Olinda do Norte, Brazil.
  • Soy field near Belterra, Para State, Brazil.
  • New palm oil plantations at Kuala Kuayan. West of Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • Waste from a coal mining operation, in Asam-asam Basin, South Eastern Meratus Mountain, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • A hunter brings a genet to a market in Oshwe, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Indomoro mine toxic waste runoff. Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • New palm oil plantation near Sungay Hanyu, Borneo, Indonesia.
  • A barefoot logger lumbers a fallen tree in the rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Men carrying a chainsaw and gasoline further into the rainforest at an illegal logging camp on the Lukenie River near Bisenge, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Men work on a makeshift kiln that produces charcoal out of rainforest wood near Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • A small island in Lake Mai-Ndombe is revealed through the cloud cover in central region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Kawali Aweresese, an Enawene Nawe tribe member. Their traditional fishing method of building barrages is threatened by a project of 86 dams to be constructed on the Juruena river basin. Near Juina, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.
  • Rainforest in the morning mist. Cristalino State Park, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
  • Logging and peat draining south of Dayun, Sumatra, Indonesia.
  • Smoke reveals a single tree as a fire burns the Amazon rainforest, clearing the way for cattle or crop farming in Sao Felix Do Xingu municipality, in Para State, Brazil.
  • Fires burn the Amazon rainforest to clear the ground for cattle or crop farming in Sao Felix Do Xingu municipality, in Para State, Brazil.
  • Eucaliptus plantations on land cleared from the Amazon rainforest  in Ulianopolis Municipality, Para State, Brazil.
  • Man made fires to clear the land for cattle or crops. Sao Felix Do Xingu Municipality, Para State, Brazil.
  • Half of the rainfall in the Amazon rainforest comes from evaporation within the rainforest canopy, as seen here at the Trairao municipality, Para State, Brazil.
  • Cattle grazing on a recently burnt area. SW of Santarem, Para State, Brazil.
  • Thousands of cattle populate a ranch on land cleared from the Amazon rainforest near Agua Boa, Brazil.
  • Red-and-Green Macaws (Ara chloropterus). Cristalino Park, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
  • Rainforest is cleared with fire for soy and cattle farming between Alta Floresta and Claudia in Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
  • Burned timber litters the recently cleared rainforest land near Alta Floresta, Para State, Brazil.
  • First-generation rainforest is cleared withe fire by farmers, south of Itaituba, Para State, Brazil.
  • Spared patch of rainforest surrounded by soy fields south of Itaituba, Para State, Brazil.
  • A small river meanders through pristine forest north of Cuiaba, Para State, Brazil.
  • The skeleton of a monkey lies in recently burnt forest near. Porto de Moz, Para state, Brazil.
  • After extracting the most valuable species, the forest is burned to plant soy or raise cattle, Porto de Moz, Para State, Brazil.

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