The Future Of Chocolate (via Honey Colony) By Maryam Henein, HoneyColony Original Back in the Mayan age, around 1100 BCE, around the Upper Amazon River Basin, cacao was recognized as a “super” food, traded as a precious currency with a value on par with gold and jewels. By the 17th century…
For nearly 20 years, Professor Eric Fortune has studied glass knifefish, a species of three-inch long electric fish that lives in the Amazon Basin. In his laboratory he tries to understand how their tiny brains control complex electrical behaviors. Show More Summary
A watershed is the name for an exit point of a basin that collects surface water from rain or melting ice. Many big rivers such as the Mississippi and the Amazon have them. The work is shot on film with either a 4Ã?5 or 8Ã?10 camera Jeff Rich, Fish kill,...
Neogene–Quaternary sedimentary and paleovegetation history of the eastern Solimões Basin, central Amazon regionAuthors:1. Afonso César Rodrigues Nogueira (a)2. Rosemery Silveira (b)3. José Tasso Felix Guimarães (c)Affiliations:a. Programa...Show More Summary
I can't remember how old I was when I first learned of Canada's iconic (Canada's Amazon) Mackenzie River, the largest river in that country, encompassing a watershed that is about 20% of Canada's area (1.8 million square kilometers or about 700,000 square miles) with a mean discharge of about 10,000...
A group of Munduruku Indians carrying bows and arrows occupied the headquarters of Brazil's Indian affairs bureau on Monday. The Indians from the Amazon Basin are demonstrating against violations of indigenous rights and calling for the suspension of the huge Belo Monte hydroele …
In 1964, anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon arrived in an almost entirely unexplored region of the Amazon Basin to spend a year studying the Yanomamö: one of the last large, isolated, and virtually uncontacted tribes in the world. Over the next 35 years, Chagnon returned to this area on the border between Venezuela and Brazil 25 times [...]Show More Summary
In 1964, Napoleon Chagnon was a 26-year-old anthropologist at the start of his career, going to live among the Yanomamö Indians, 20,000 people living in around 250 small villages in “an unexplored pocket of the Amazon Basin.” He became one of America’s best-known anthropologists, and one of the most controversial. Show More Summary
If Belo Monte and the other dams are allowed to go ahead, they will devastate the livelihoods of thousands of people among the tribes and communities in the Amazon Basin. A great part of Brazil's rich, varied cultural heritage will be lost.
Brazil is planning to build 34 additional hydroelectric facilities in the Amazon by 2021 in an effort to increase Brazil’s national energy output by 50% or more. Total cost for their construction is over $150 billion. Over 6,000 square kilometers of land will be flooded when the dams are finished. Show More Summary
Over past decades, many areas of the forested Amazon basin have become a patchwork of farms, pastures and second-growth forest as people have moved in and cleared land--but now many are moving out, in search of economic opportunities in newly booming Amazonian cities. Show More Summary
We are just north of the Amazon Basin, riding a boat on the Ikabaru River. The passengers are people who buy gold and diamonds. They stop at each of the illegal mines that appear as craters on the river’s edge. They carry small weighing scales that seem very accurate, magnifying loupes, burners to melt the gold and separate the mercury, and some large spoons to collect it.
In the southern Amazon basin of Ecuador, the air is filled with the sound of macaws and the distant sound of thunder. But as soon as next year, the metallic hammering of oil drills may join the chorus. Local indigenous leaders are dead-set on not letting that happen.
You could spend a lifetime exploring the Amazon's vast interior, much of which is inaccessible and remains unseen by human eyes, but here is a list to get you started. 7 Things to Do in the Amazon River Basin by David Jennings from Viator Travel Blog
The centenary event that recalls the history of oppression, destruction and abuse that was visited on the indigenous of the region must be a chill reminder for all corporations who decide to explore the oil and gas reserves that lie beneath the surface of these lands.
Bolivia: Scientists in Bolivia have reportedly been able to use tree ring samples to more accurately measure rainfall levels in the Amazon basin. South America: The U.N.’s economic body for Latin America estimates that the regional economy this year will grow at a slower pace than initially estimated. Show More Summary
University of Leeds-led research has used tree rings from eight cedar trees in Bolivia to unlock a 100-year history of rainfall across the Amazon basin, which contains the world's largest river system. The new study shows that the rings in lowland tropical cedar trees provide a natural archive of data closely related to historic rainfall. read more
The Amazon basin is an important sink of carbon dioxide, but it is also a substantial source of atmospheric methane, which has 23X the short term impact of CO2 on global warming. Tropical wetlands, including those in the Amazon, areShow More Summary
Rockville, Md., August 1, 2012 — Two articles recently published in Malaria Journal shed new light on the quality of antimalarial medicines circulating in countries in the Amazon Basin in South America. Researchers from the Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) program, a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Show More Summary
The pacu is native to the Amazon river basin, can grow to be three-feet long, weigh 50 pounds, has powerful jaws and teeth similar to a human, and feasts on a diet of nuts, snails and aquatic vegetation. [ more › ]