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Rain Forest Warriors: How Indigenous Tribes Protect the Amazon 22 Dec 2013 17:38 #1

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With outside help, tribes like the Kayapo defend their land against ranchers, loggers, and miners.

Kayapo warriors move through the forest with shotguns and axes in search of fresh game.

The destruction of the Amazon in Brazil can be seen by satellite: Where logging roads have spread their tentacles and ranchers have expanded their grazing, all is brown.

Beginning in the early 1980s, these photos from space lost more and more green, so that by 2004 the destruction seemed unstoppable. Brazil's deforestation rate had reached an alarming 27,000 square kilometers (nearly 17,000 square miles) per year.

But stop it did—not everywhere, but at the borders of what appears from space to be a green island the size of a small country. The brown spreads around this protected zone in the southern Xingu river basin of Brazil, but doesn't penetrate.

These are the borders of the lands of indigenous tribes.


The Amazon rain forest is the greatest expression of life on Earth. It is home to about a third of our planet's terrestrial life forms, cycles about one-quarter of the Earth's freshwater, and plays a key role in absorbing carbon and moderating climate.
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