|The border between Guatemala and Mexico runs through Mexico's Chiapas Forest and Guatemala's El Peten. In this pair of images, the border is easy to see, even without the black lines that have been overlaid on the images to show the outlines of the two countries.|
The region crossed by this border was once biologically very diverse. On the Guatemalan side, it still is, as most of the El Peten remains as closed canopy forest because of lower population densities and the protected status of the Sierra de Lacondon and Laguna del Tigre National Parks. Across the border in Chiapas, however, a larger and increasing population has an obvious effect on the landscape. Between 1974 and 2000, much of the forest on the Mexican side of the border has been converted to cropland or pasture.
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