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Tropical Forests
Yucatan Peninsula; Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala
April 2002
This image shows the extent and density of tropical forests on the Yucatan Peninsula, which encompasses parts of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. As Mexican forests are thinned by logging, the faint border between Mexico and Guatemala has become visible. Satellite data such as these are used to map surviving forests and the locations of fires. Tiny red spots in the image reveal burning fires.
Courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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