This digital photograph of deforestation associated with the Tierras
Bajas project in eastern Bolivia was taken by astronauts from the
International Space Station on April 16, 2001. The spatial resolution of
the original digital photograph is about 6 meters per pixel.
The area east of Santa Cruz was originally dry tropical forest.
As part of the Tierras Bajas project, people have been resettled from the
Altiplano to cultivate soybeans. Each agricultural "pin
wheel" pattern is centered on a small community. The communities
are then spaced evenly across the landscape at 5-km intervals.
Roadways can be seen connecting each town center.