Acrylic on archival gesso board in a Black Metal Floater Frame.
This painting is a part of my Ecological Landscape series.
Rondonia, Brazil is a state inside the Amazonian area in which rural improvement efforts have resulted in the creation of orthogonal street networks. Deforestation along the increasing network of highways and nearby roads has created a unique fishbone pattern.
Update: 1/20: Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil soared 85 percent in 2019, compared with the previous year, official data showed Tuesday.
The 9,166 square kilometers cleared was the highest number in at least five years, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.
In 2018, the deforested area was 4,946 square kilometers.
It comes after fires ravaged swaths of the Amazon basin last year, igniting a global outcry.
The number of fires in the rainforest rose 30 percent to 89,178 in 2019, compared with the previous year, the latest official data show.
Somnath Baidya Roy, a professor of atmospheric sciences, is studying the environment dynamics of fishbone deforestation (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. "Fishbone Deforestation Pattern Affecting Environment, Research Shows." ScienceDaily, 28 December 2006): "People often relate tropical deforestation to clear-cuts," Roy said. "Climate models show that clear-cuts, if they happen on a basin-wide scale, will result in decreased rainfall and bring about a drier, more arid landscape. In the case of fishbone patterns, the deforestation is in isolated segments of the landscape, and our models indicate that it results in increased precipitation over these deforested regions." He says that there is evidence “for the redistribution of precipitation… A deforested patch is hotter than the neighboring forests. Warm air is lighter and rises, developing a localized low-pressure region. Cool air then rushes in to fill the void. due to this convergence, greater cumulus clouds and rainfall occur over the deforested patch.” Quote reprinted with permission.