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Project September 20, 2021

Deforestation Runways: The Expansion of Illegal Mining in the Amazon

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Thousands of clandestine airstrips in the Brazilian Amazon represent the vanguard of destruction. Whether for the opening of new clearings or the maintenance of illegal mining, travel in small private planes fuels illegality in the forest. Journalist Hyury Potter, in alliance with Intercept Brasil, is devoting his investigation to mapping the data with the help of high-resolution satellite images and artificial intelligence. He seeks to reveal the actors and interests behind this network of airstrips and the connections to illegal economic activities in the Amazon.

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