With a thunderous boom and the weight of two hundred years, a mighty ceiba tree crashes into the damp earth in which its roots previously lay safely buried. With the absence of this giant, sunlight penetrates the canopy, streaming down to the undergrowth that never before knew the heat of direct sun. The frantic buzzing of chainsaws accompanies the woody creak and thud of more downed trees in this violent industrial symphony in the rainforest. As men in hard hats and denim jumpsuits fell tree after tree, tractors plow through the soil, uplifting bush and root. Steamrollers flatten the earth with a hollow, tinny roar. And thus, another road is gouged out of dense, primary forest in the Amazon.