Rhondonia is a state situated in western Brazil, and now it attracts the attention of many people because of its deforestation. In the past, it was a home to many miles of wild forest, but now this area (which is a bit less than Kansas) is one of the most deforested regions of the Amazon. In the last few decades, the degradation and clearing of state forests had fast rates. In 2003, a huge area of rainforest was cleared, and it definitely had a negative impact on the environment of our planet.
According to the latest statistics and satellite images, the deforested area of Rhondonia expanded considerably, and it keeps widening to the north. If to believe new images, the process of deforestation in this region follows quite a predictable pattern. For instance, the first clearings that appear in this important rainforest are in arrayed and fishbone patters along roads. They tend to collapse into a certain mixture of cleared areas, forest remnants, and different settlements.
Basically, this unique pattern follows one of the most widespread deforestation trajectories in the whole Amazon. That’s because both illegal and legal roads penetrate the most remote areas of Rhondonia, and this trend causes small farmers migrate to this area. Most of them land along roads and clear some of it for crops. Within several years, erosion and heavy rains do their best to deplete the soil, so crop yields fall. After that, small farmers convert this type of degraded land into their cattle pastures and keep clearing more rainforest for crops.
There are many small land holders who clear a big part of their land, abandon or sell it to big cattle holders who want to consolidate their plots into a large area of pasture, and this trend also contributes to deforestation in Rhondonia. There are different spots in this region that lost its vegetation, but some areas still show no or only small changes.
A few areas indicate the largest vegetation losses or the entire clearing of original forest. Moreover, some places indicate a certain transition from leafy crops to large pasture grasses. In conclusion, it’s true that all important and major tropical forests keep disappearing these days. They make their way for human food production, including crops and livestock, but this process is associated with devastating and negative consequences.
Rhondonia is a state situated in western Brazil, and now it attracts the attention of many people because of its deforestation. In the past, it was a home to many miles of wild forest, but now this area (which is a bit less than Kansas) is one of the most deforested regions of the Amazon. In the last few decades, the degradation and clearing of state forests had fast rates.