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10 YEARS OF IMAGING
SOUTH AMERICA

SPOT VEGETATION


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Booming cities
Latin America experiences an explosive urban growth. In 2008, almost 80% of the population lived in urban areas.

Rio de Janeiro slums. Source: Travel Blog

Agrofuels 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.
Source: NASA and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

Volcanoes
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 Argentina.

©Source: MODIS Rapid Response Project, NASA/GSFC

El Niño
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. © Puerto_urbano

Glaciers
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.