Once a vast carpet of healthy vegetation and virgin forest, the Amazon rain forest is changing rapidly. This image of Bolivia shows dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin. Loggers have cut long paths into the forest, while ranchers have cleared large blocks for their herds. Fanning out from these clear-cut areas are settlements built in radial arrangements of fields and farms. Healthy vegetation appears bright red in this image.
This scene was acquired by Landsat 7s Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on January 8, 2000. This is a false-color composite image made using infrared, red, and green wavelengths. The image has also been sharpened using the sensors panchromatic band.
Image provided by the USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branch