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pictures: aerial photography in Peru

Below you will find a collection of photos from Peru. Pictures were taken by Rhett A. Butler in 1995, 2005, and 2011. While these images are the property of mongabay.com, it may be permissible to use them for non-commercial purposes (like powerpoint presentations and school projects), provided that the images are not altered in any form. Please read this for more details. If you are interested in using an image in a publication please contact me.


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Looking down from an airplane at the forest of the Amazon basin
Looking down from an airplane at the forest of the Amazon basin


Aircraft view of Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mining
Aircraft view of Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mining


Tambopata river
Tambopata river


Polluted river entering a rainforest river
Polluted river entering a rainforest river


Looking down from an airplane at Amazon basin rainforest
Looking down from an airplane at Amazon basin rainforest


Rugged submontane forest in the Andean foothills of the Amazon
Rugged submontane forest in the Andean foothills of the Amazon


Broccoli forest from above
Broccoli forest from above


Flowering rainforest canopy
Flowering rainforest canopy
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Aerial photograph of the Amazon rainforest in Peru
Aerial photograph of the Amazon rainforest in Peru


Airplane view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine the Peruvian Amazon
Airplane view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine the Peruvian Amazon


High biodiversity submontane forest of the Amazon basin
High biodiversity submontane forest of the Amazon basin


Aerial view of the forest of the Amazon basin
Aerial view of the forest of the Amazon basin


Open pit mine in Peru's Amazon
Open pit mine in Peru's Amazon


Overhead view of the rainforest of the Amazon basin
Overhead view of the rainforest of the Amazon basin


Looking down at Amazon basin rain forest
Looking down at Amazon basin rain forest


Mountain peak in the Andes
Mountain peak in the Andes


Aerial picture of forest in the Amazon basin
Aerial picture of forest in the Amazon basin


Waterfalls in the lower Andes
Waterfalls in the lower Andes


Smallholder clearing along the Tambopata river in the Peruvian Amazon
Smallholder clearing along the Tambopata river in the Peruvian Amazon


Open pit Lamal gold mine in Peru's Madre de Dios Department
Open pit Lamal gold mine in Peru's Madre de Dios Department


Rainforest canopy in Peru
Rainforest canopy in Peru


Aerial view of the Transoceanic highway
Aerial view of the Transoceanic highway


Overhead view of forest in the Amazon basin
Overhead view of forest in the Amazon basin


Aerial photo of deforestation in the Amazon
Aerial photo of deforestation in the Amazon
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Overhead view of Amazon basin rain forest
Overhead view of Amazon basin rain forest


Overview view of Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mines
Overview view of Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mines


Aerial photo of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
Aerial photo of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon


Remote Amazon ranch
Remote Amazon ranch


Rugged forest terrain in the Western Amazon
Rugged forest terrain in the Western Amazon


Giant Rio Huaypetue gold mine
Giant Rio Huaypetue gold mine
A large-scale mining operation has turned the Rio Huaypetue into a mud and gravel pit in southeastern Peru. The surrounding rainforest is suffering from hunting and cutting for timber and fuelwood.
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Plane view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining
Plane view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining


Snow-capped peaks in the Peruvian Andes
Snow-capped peaks in the Peruvian Andes
Location: Andes

(Peru)

Mosaic deforestation near Peru's Transoceanic highway
Mosaic deforestation near Peru's Transoceanic highway


Mining trucks and equipment at the Rio Huaypetue gold mine in Peru
Mining trucks and equipment at the Rio Huaypetue gold mine in Peru
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Deforestation along the Rio Tambopata in Peru
Deforestation along the Rio Tambopata in Peru


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


Deforestation for agriculture surrounding road in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest
Deforestation for agriculture surrounding road in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Aerial picture of flowering trees and rainforest canopy in the Western Amazon
Aerial picture of flowering trees and rainforest canopy in the Western Amazon


Amazon tributary in the Peruvian lowlands
Amazon tributary in the Peruvian lowlands


Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mines
Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mines


Aerial photo of deforestation along road in the Amazon
Aerial photo of deforestation along road in the Amazon
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Overhead view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru
Overhead view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru


Lake in the Amazon
Lake in the Amazon


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


Aerial view of deforestation along a river in Peru's southeastern Amazon region
Aerial view of deforestation along a river in Peru's southeastern Amazon region


Overview view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mines
Overview view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mines


Aerial view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining
Aerial view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining


Amazon landscape scarred by clearing for cattle pasture
Amazon landscape scarred by clearing for cattle pasture


Airplane view of the forest of the Amazon basin
Airplane view of the forest of the Amazon basin


River in the Peruvian Amazon
River in the Peruvian Amazon


Deforestation in the Amazon
Deforestation in the Amazon
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Plane view of Amazon basin forest
Plane view of Amazon basin forest


Aerial photograph of the broccoli-like structure of the Amazon rainforest canopy
Aerial photograph of the broccoli-like structure of the Amazon rainforest canopy


Sections of rain forest cut  for slash-and-burn agriculture and cattle pasture
Sections of rain forest cut for slash-and-burn agriculture and cattle pasture
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Aerial view of sections of rain forest felled for subsistence agriculture
Aerial view of sections of rain forest felled for subsistence agriculture
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Forest clearing along an Amazon tributary
Forest clearing along an Amazon tributary


Rainforest river from above
Rainforest river from above


Remote river in the Andes-Amazon foothills
Remote river in the Andes-Amazon foothills


Looking down at the rainforest of the Amazon basin
Looking down at the rainforest of the Amazon basin


Aerial pix of Peru's Amazon rainforest
Aerial pix of Peru's Amazon rainforest


Fire in the Amazon rainforest as seen from an airplane
Fire in the Amazon rainforest as seen from an airplane


Aerial view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mines
Aerial view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mines


Aerial photo of the Amazon rainforest in Peru
Aerial photo of the Amazon rainforest in Peru


Airplane photo of mosaic deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
Airplane photo of mosaic deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon


mosaic deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
mosaic deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon


Aerial view of Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mining
Aerial view of Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by open pit gold mining


Aerial view of flowering canopy trees
Aerial view of flowering canopy trees
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Overview view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining
Overview view of Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining


Aerial view of logging road beneath the rain forest canopy
Aerial view of logging road beneath the rain forest canopy
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Massive open pit gold mine in the Amazon rainforest
Massive open pit gold mine in the Amazon rainforest


Logging camp in the Peruvian Amazon
Logging camp in the Peruvian Amazon


Mine waste-laden stream flowing into a rainforest river in Peru
Mine waste-laden stream flowing into a rainforest river in Peru


Airplane view of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon
Airplane view of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon


Mine on a river in the upper Amazon
Mine on a river in the upper Amazon


Small ranch in the Amazon
Small ranch in the Amazon




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