Photo Gallery A Second Chance for the Amazon

Is the Amazon rainforest recovering? New studies suggest that the long-term consequences of deforestation may not be as bad as predicted, as vegetation makes a comeback on abandoned agricultural land.
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Is the Amazon rainforest recovering? New studies suggest that the long-term consequences of deforestation may not be as bad as predicted, as vegetation makes a comeback on abandoned agricultural land. This June 2008 shows deforestation in the Amazon region of Brazil.

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Foto: DPA
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Farmer Felipe Garcia is one of the few residents of the Panama town of Chilibre who still makes a living from farming. He told SPIEGEL that the jungle had already reclaimed his neighbors' land.

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Foto: Jens Glüsing
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Atlantic rainforest in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo: Many countries have little or no old-growth rainforest left.

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Foto: DPA
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Now scientists are looking into the question of how land which was deforested a long time ago can recover. This 1991 photo shows a deforested area in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Foto: AFP
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Mahogany logs seized by Brazilian authorities are seen in this 2002 photo: Illegal logging is responsible for much deforestation in the Amazon.

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Foto: AP
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The Brazilian government bases estimates of Amazon deforestation on high-resolution satellite data.

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Foto: University of Maryland
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