||Although forest clearing for pasture is the primary driver of Amazon
deforestation in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, a new study
led by scientists at the University of Maryland showed that large-
scale mechanized agriculture, mostly for soybeans, is rapidly
becoming a major force behind forest loss in the region.....
||The wide, multi-island zone in the Rio Negro (Black River) shown in this
astronaut photograph from September 2, 2006, is one of two,
long "archipelagoes" upstream of the city of Manaus (not
shown) in central Amazonia (Brazil). Sixty kilometers of the
total 120-kilometer length of this archipelago ....