Wood used as fuel in Antigua

Wood as fuel, originally uploaded by rudygiron.

The name Guatemala derived from the word Goathemala which was given by the Spanish conquistadors and it derives from Quauhtlemallan a word from Nahualt language spoken by the Tlaxcala’s natives that accompanied the conquistadors. Quauhtlemallan was a direct translation from the Mayan language’s Quiche or Iximche which more or less translates to the land of many trees or forests. This was long-winded explanation to bring forth the fact that this land has been a powerful lung for earth for a very long time; thanks to its many forests. That fact is changing very rapidly because many poor people cut down the trees to use as fuel and because mining is well installed in the county now (follow the link to see a photo of what mining does).

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