World of Change: Amazon Deforestation

This is a series of NASA Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite images taken over a 10 year period, 2000-2010, showing the extent of deforestation in the State of Rondonia in western Brazil over that period of time.

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Teaching Tips

This interactive can be used in any lesson dealing with the Amazon in Brazil, using satellite images to detect deforestation.

Suggestion of how to use visualizations: show the images to students (without the explanations) and ask them what they see and what they think is shown before reading the text and explanations. Have students use the scale bar to figure out the area shown in the image.

Discuss the interconnections between different spheres. Use the image to discuss the carbon cycle.