Illegal mining is devastating parts of the Amazon rainforest. SkyTruth is figuring out how to detect new mining threats and alert conservationists on the ground.
The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth; a breathtaking riot of life that evolved over eons, encompassing the Amazon River and its vast system of tributaries. Illegal mining in Peru and Brazil is a growing problem, destroying forests and polluting water. SkyTruth is developing a tool to detect illegal mining in the Amazon using radar satellite imagery.