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pictures: deforestation 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.


Environmental news for Peru | SLIDESHOWS: Peru 2011 Peru 2005









Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru
Río Huaypetue gold mine in Peru


Aerial photograph of an Amazon oxbow lake
Aerial photograph of an Amazon oxbow lake


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


Deforestation for cattle grazing near Puerto Maldanado
Deforestation for cattle grazing near Puerto Maldanado
Location: Puerto Maldanado

(Peru)

Devastation wrought by an open pit mine in the Amazon
Devastation wrought by an open pit mine in the Amazon


Mosaic deforestation near the Transoceanic highway in Peru
Mosaic deforestation near the Transoceanic highway in Peru


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


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


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


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


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


Massive open pit gold mine in the Peru's Madre de Dios department
Massive open pit gold mine in the Peru's Madre de Dios department


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


Aerial view of slash-and-burn agriculture in the Amazon
Aerial view of slash-and-burn agriculture in the Amazon
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Transoceanica in Peru
Transoceanica in Peru


Blocks of rainforest razed for slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon
Blocks of rainforest razed for slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

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


Aerial picture of deforestation along a river in the Peruvian Amazon
Aerial picture of deforestation along a river in the Peruvian Amazon


Nursery along the Transoceanica in Peru
Nursery along the Transoceanica in Peru


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


Aerial view of a shadow of a plane in the clouds over the Peruvian Amazon
Aerial view of a shadow of a plane in the clouds over the Peruvian Amazon


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


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


Remote Amazon ranch
Remote Amazon ranch


Open pit mines in the Amazon
Open pit mines in the Amazon


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


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


Aerial picture of gold mining damage in Peru's Amazon rainforest
Aerial picture of gold mining damage in Peru's Amazon rainforest


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


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


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


Hole in the canopy where rain forest has been felled by subsistence farmers
Hole in the canopy where rain forest has been felled by subsistence farmers
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Deforestation along a river in Peru's southeastern Amazon region
Deforestation along a river in Peru's southeastern Amazon region


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


Logged-over rainforest in the Amazon
Logged-over rainforest in the 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


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


Aerial picture of cattle pasture cleared along a river in the Peruvian Amazon
Aerial picture of cattle pasture cleared along a river in the Peruvian Amazon


Forest fire in the Amazon
Forest fire in the Amazon


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


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


Slash-and-burned section of rain forest
Slash-and-burned section of rain forest
Charred and fallen logs
Location: Manu National Park in the Rainforest of PeruV

(Peru)

Forest clearings in the Amazon
Forest clearings in the Amazon


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


River stained by illegal gold mining
River stained by illegal gold mining


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


Massive gold mining area in the Peruvian Amazon
Massive gold mining area in the Peruvian Amazon


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


Airplane view of deforestation caused by the Río Huaypetue gold mine in the Peruvian Amazon
Airplane view of deforestation caused by the Río Huaypetue gold mine 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


Large-scale deforestation for cattle pasture in the Peruvian Amazon
Large-scale deforestation for cattle pasture in the Peruvian Amazon


Large-scale deforestation for ranching in the Peruvian Amazon
Large-scale deforestation for ranching in the Peruvian Amazon


Slash-and-burn agriculture in the rain forest
Slash-and-burn agriculture in the rain forest
Location: Manu National Park in the Rainforest of Peru

(Peru)

Open pit Lamal mine in the Peruvian Amazon
Open pit Lamal mine in the Peruvian Amazon


Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by gold mines
Amazon rainforest landscape scarred by gold mines


Rainforest cleared for maize
Rainforest cleared for maize
Location: Puerto Maldanado

(Peru)

Aerial view of a massive gold mining area in the Amazon
Aerial view of a massive gold mining area in the Amazon


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


Aerial view of a massive gold mining area in the Amazon
Aerial view of a massive gold mining area in the Amazon


Clear-cutting in the Amazon rainforest as viewed overhead by plane
Clear-cutting in the Amazon rainforest as viewed overhead by plane
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining
Amazon landscape scarred by open pit gold mining


Devastation wrought by an open pit gold mine in the Peruvian Amazon
Devastation wrought by an open pit gold mine in the Peruvian Amazon


Small-scale deforestation in the Amazon
Small-scale deforestation in the Amazon


Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon


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


Miners' shantytown next to Rio Huaypetue gold mine
Miners' shantytown next to Rio Huaypetue gold mine
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Open pits at  the Rio Huaypetue mine.
Open pits at the Rio Huaypetue mine.
Location: Southeastern Peru; from Cuzco to Boca Manu

(Peru)

Aerial picture of mosaic deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
Aerial picture of mosaic deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon


Overhead view of deforestation along a river in the Peruvian Amazon
Overhead view of deforestation along a river in the Peruvian Amazon


Aerial photo of an open pit gold mine in the Amazon rainforest
Aerial photo of an open pit gold mine in the Amazon rainforest


Airplane view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine in the Amazon rainforest
Airplane view of the Río Huaypetue gold mine in the Amazon rainforest


Deforestation for cattle ranching
Deforestation for cattle ranching


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




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