This photo isn’t a close up of some weird rusty growth on my MGB. In fact it has nothing to do with the MG at all. You must admit however that it is one cool artsy photograph. This photo is also a little disturbing when you know what it is.

Courtesy of NASA and their Landsat 7 satellite, this particular false colour photograph shows deforestation in the Amazon basin of Bolivia. Healthy vegetation appears red in the image. The bulk of the image is areas where loggers have cut down the jungle and ranchers have cleared land for their herds. The fan areas on the right are settlements. What are we doing?

Image courtesy USGS/NASA Landsat

Bolivian deforestation in the Amazon basin
Bolivian deforestation in the Amazon basin

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