The small country of Guinea-Bissau along the African west coast

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The small country of Guinea-Bissau along the African west coast is home to a population of roughly 1.6 million people, most of whom are employed in agriculture. The country’s small population limits environmental impacts, but farming has nevertheless reduced the extent of Guinea-Bissau’s mangrove forests, according to a report issued by the United Nations Environment Program.

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This Landsat 7 image of Guinea-Bissau, shows the complex patterns of the country’s shallow coastal waters, where silt carried by the Geba and other rivers washes out into the Atlantic Ocean. This is a false-color composite image made using infrared, red and blue wavelengths to bring out details in the silt was taken using Landsat 7′s Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor on Jan. 12, 2000. The red patches are Vegetation and agricultural areas. Image Credit: NASA/USGS EROS Data Center.