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A deforested area of rain forest in southern Para state, Brazil
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A tiny sliver of transitional rain forest is surrounded by hectares of soybean fields in the Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
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Aerial of oil drilling rig in the Amazon rain forest.
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Dutch biologist Marc van Roosmalen with a spider monkey in the Amazonian rain forest.
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Hundreds of acres of former Amazon jungle destroyed by loggers and farmers lie next to virgin rain forest in Mato Grosso, one of the Brazilian states with the greatest deforestation