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Press Release 11-078

It's Earth Week. Just In Time, Thousands of Hectares of Tropical Forest Are Saved

Scientific data from international project led to overturning Brazilian law

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Photo of silhouette forest and the words Audio Slideshow.

Venture into Brazil's tropical dry forests in this audio slideshow.

Credit: Lisa Raffensperger, National Science Foundation

 

Photo of dry forest islands in a sea of Brazilian savanna.

Dry forest islands in a sea of Brazilian savanna, called cerrado, unique to Brazil.

Credit: Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa


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Map showing the distribution of tropical dry forests in Brazil in red in various biomes.

Map showing the distribution of tropical dry forests in Brazil (in red) in various biomes.

Credit: Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa


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Photo of a Brazilian tropical dry forest during the rainy season.

A Brazilian tropical dry forest during the rainy season, which can last 4-6 months.

Credit: Diego Brandao


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Photo of a dry forest during the pronounced dry season.

The same forest during the pronounced dry season, when plants lose up to 95% of their leaves.

Credit: Diego Brandao


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Photo of monitoring tower being installed by scientists at the Minas Gerais Institute of Forests.

Installation of monitoring tower by scientists at the Minas Gerais Institute of Forests.

Credit: Mario Marcos do Espirito Santo


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Photo of a scientist checking an understory micro-meteorological station in Mata Seca, Brazil.

Brazilian scientist checks an understory micro-meteorological station in Mata Seca, Brazil.

Credit: Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa


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