Tribe in Brazil to use Google Earth to protect lands

The Surui Tribe in Brazil has teamed up with search engine giant Google in an effort to protect its lands from encroachment.

The tribe lives on a 618,000-acre reservation that faces threats from illegal logging and mining. So Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui came up with the idea to use the Google Earth program to keep track of the activities via satellite images.

Surui met with Google executives in California last month and convinced them to back the project. He is lobbing other companies for computers and other equipment to help monitor the reservation.

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