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Above and Beyond: Logging and Agriculture in Bolivia.

Infrared and visible-light satellite imagery highlight relationships between deforestation and agriculture in Bolivia. 


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory.

  • Landsat 7 image of Bolivia: USGS EROS Data Center Satellite Systems Branc

Video design and production by STScI
Text by STScI, based on stories from the NASA Earth Observatory:
Music courtesy of APM


This patchwork quilt was crafted not by someone's grandmother, but by loggers and ranchers in the rainforest of Bolivia. Blue shows cleared lands, likely for cattle grazing or soybean production. Vegetation, both natural and cultivated, appears in red. The pinwheel or starburst patterns are designed agricultural settlements, each with wedge-shaped fields fanning out from a small, centralized community.