Boundaries of Nature

Landscape change from 1953 on

Landscape Change in Southern Brazil, from 1953 to the Present Day
Sixty years of landscape change in the Iguaçu National Park, Brazil

The Iguaçu National Park was created between 1939 and 1944 by the Brazilian national government at the border with Argentina. The creation of the park was disputed by the local state government, which, in the late 1950s, started to settle hundreds of families of Brazilians farmers inside park area. This later resulted in a conflicted process of removal and resettlement promoted by the Brazilian national government in the 1970s. The confluence of settlers and different levels of government has left marks on the landscape of the park. This is a story that can be better understood through the conjunction of text and image. Here, we present an online interactive visualization that tells this story. Based on two sets of historical aerial photographs of the region produced by the state of Parana, the visualization offers a diachronic spatial narrative of the role of environmental policy in the creation and preservation of nature.

launch interactive map