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An aerial view of the BR-319 highway where it meets the Igapó Açu River in São Sebastião, Brazil, on Sept. 24. The community is a stopping point for travelers and tourists. Bruno Kelly for NPR hide caption

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A Brazilian road project cuts through the Amazon, paving the way to vast deforestation

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A large fire in a recently deforested area of the Amazon rainforest along Highway BR-319 in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, on Sept. 25. Bruno Kelly for NPR hide caption

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Brazil's election could determine the fate of the Amazon after surging deforestation

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The two front-runners in Brazil's presidential elections in the final days of campaigning. Left: President Jair Bolsonaro in Santos on Wednesday. Right: Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in São Paulo on Monday. Left: Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images; Right: Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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What you need to know about Brazil's presidential election

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