YEARS OF IMAGING
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Latin America experiences an explosive
urban growth. In 2008, almost 80% of the population lived
in urban areas.
Rio de Janeiro slums. Source:
and the Rainforest
The biofuel crop area is expanding
rapidly across South America, contributing to deforestation.
Deforestation in Matto
Grosso Brazil seen by ASTER in 2006.
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
The Chaitén volcano in Chile is
one of Latin America's 269 active volcanoes. Following its
eruption in July 2008, the plume drifted all the way across
Rapid Response Project, NASA/GSFC
is a cyclic climatic event severely
altering weather patterns worldwide. During a major El Niño,
ocean water warms up and the sea level rises by up to 35 cm
along the Pacific coast.
El Niño events can lead to
a dramatic decrease in fish catch. ©
are a critically important water
resource for South America. Since the 1980’s they have
been retreating drastically, providing one of the most visible
indications of climate change.
Evolution of Grey Glacier in
Chile (ISS and Landsat). Source: NASA.