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Dec 6, 2016

Brazil’s Amazon guardians

Brazil’s Amazon guardians

Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources fight an uphill battle with illegal loggers.

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Trucks loaded with tree trunks are burned by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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An aerial view of cleared land is seen during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A soldier of military police is seen during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Trucks loaded with tree trunks are burned by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Trucks loaded with tree trunks are burned by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Trucks loaded with tree trunks are burned by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Soldiers of military police verify a seized weapon during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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An agent of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, looks at a GPS device during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, make a survey in the Amazon forest during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A truck loaded with tree trunks is escorted by Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, agents during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 9, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, inspect a truck loaded with tree trunks during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Peixoto Azevedo, Para State, northern Brazil, November 9, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A truck loaded with tree trunks is escorted by Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, agents during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 9, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, inspect a truck loaded with tree trunks during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Peixoto Azevedo, Para State, northern Brazil, November 8, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, agent measures a tree trunk during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A tree trunk is seen on a truck intercepted by Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, agents during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, survey an illegal mining area during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, helicopter intercepts a man driving a truck loaded with tree trunks during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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An agent of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, intercepts a man driving a truck loaded with tree trunks during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A tree known as Castanheira-do-Brasil (Bertholletia excelsa) stands in a farm during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, participate in an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, participate in an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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An aerial view of cleared land is seen during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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An aerial view shows an illegal mining camp during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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A tree known as Castanheira-do-Brasil (Bertholletia excelsa) stands in a farm during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Soldiers of military police approach a suspect during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging, conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 10, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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Fallen trees are seen during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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An aerial view of cleared land is seen during an operation to combat illegal mining and logging conducted by agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, or Ibama, supported by military police, in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil, November 11, 2016. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS

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