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Spacecraft nadir point: 19.9° S, 62.2° W

Photo center point: 19.8° S, 63.0° W

Nadir to Photo Center: West

Spacecraft Altitude: 192 nautical miles (356km)
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Image Caption: Progressive Forest Clearing, Bolivia

The eastern half of Bolivia is covered with tropical rainforest. In the 1990s, Bolivia initiated a large-scale effort to increase the rate of logging and create tracts of land for commercial agriculture (primarily soy and sugar cane, but also coca) on the Amazon Basin side of the Andean highlands. Today, the commercial fields are well-established and easily mapped from space as large, rectangular clearings in the forest. The agricultural developments are still growing today. The clearings start off as small rectangles arranged perpendicular to an access road; early clearings take on a herring-bone pattern when viewed from above. The uncleared (dark forest) areas are gradually logged and cultivated, filling in the pattern to make a larger cleared area.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) routinely observe intensive land use and document their observations through imagery so that changes can be identified. This image provides a detailed view of today's landscape, showing completely cleared regions that stretch for more than 10 km.