Researchers have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists' findings appear near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous August 2005 landfall at New Orleans.
Scientists project fire risk for South America's Amazon Basin in 2015 to fall along an east-west divide. According to their model, based on multiple satellite datasets, the forests of the western Amazon will experience average or below-average fire risk, while those in the eastern Amazon will see above-average risk.
Members of an isolated indigenous group made contact over the weekend with villagers in Peru’s Amazon basin seeking food and supplies, a Lima newspaper reported Monday. A video taken by the villagers captured the encounter with the Mashco-Piro people on the banks of the Madre de Dios river....
The team travels to the Amazon River basin in search of the mythical Mapinguari. With one eye and a gaping mouth on its stomach, the team does not give into the myth, convinced it's yet another undiscovered primate, and set out to find it in the vast jungle.
Russia's largest energy producer has signed a deal with the Brazilian company PetroRio to operate the exploration of sites in the Amazon's Solimoes Basin.
This National Geographic video taken by researchers using a shell-mounted "crittercam," capturing rare footage of a giant river turtle in Brazil's Amazon basin interacting with its hatchlings underwater. Read more...
The provision of ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew used in the Amazon basin for centuries, to inmates on short furloughs reflects a quest to ease pressure on Brazil’s prison system.
In part two of a three-part series: Coca has begun to grow in the Amazon basin near where the messianic sect known as the Israelites have settled, and Brazilian authorities suspect that members of the sect have become involved in the area’s growing drug trade.
The ability of the Amazon basin to soak up excess carbon dioxide is weakening over time, researchers reported last week.
SCIENCE: Study: Hunting Increases Levels of Love Hormones in Men. Researchers tracked the Tsimane people, an indigenous population of foragers and farmers in the lowlands of Bolivia’s Amazon basin, and found that male testosterone levels spiked during a day of hunting. Men who had large testosterone spikes during the day experienced corresponding increases in oxytocin, […]
Much of the Earth was once cloaked in vast forests, from the subarctic snowforests to the Amazon and Congo basins. As humankind colonised the far corners of our planet, we cleared large areas to harvest wood, make way for farmland, and build towns and cities. The loss of forest has wrought dramatic...
The Amazon River basin contains the world’s largest tropical rain forest, with the highest biodiversity of plant species on Earth. The Sahara is the world’s largest, hottest desert — a place where almost nothing grows.Read full article >>
The Sahara Desert is huge, hot, and full of sand and dust. The Amazon basin is huge, warm, but full of greenery and wildlife. And one can’t live without the other. The Amazon, it seems, depends on the Sahara for its very survival. The link: Dust. Show More Summary
Using satellite data, NASA scientists have created the first-ever 3D model showing just how much dust makes its way from the Saharan Desert to the Amazon forest. Incredibly, this dust is seeding the rain forest with an essential nutrient, an indication of just how interconnected these disparate regions really are. Read more...
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The exclusive club of explorers who have discovered a rare new species of life isn't restricted to globetrotters traveling to remote locations like the Amazon rainforests, Madagascar or the woodlands of the Congo River basin. Just ask...Show More Summary
A new study of the Amazon River basin shows lowland rivers that carry large volumes of sediment meander more across floodplains and create more oxbow lakes than rivers that carry less sediment.
A new study of the Amazon River basin shows lowland rivers that carry large volumes of sediment meander more across floodplains and create more oxbow lakes than rivers that carry less sediment. The findings have implication for the Amazonian...Show More Summary
Rainforest Cruises is offering trips exploring the Rio Negro in the Amazon River basin.
Our future is in peril and the changing climate is a key indicator. Scientists warn us that global warming is spiraling out of control which is why we need to see immediate action now. As the Amazon basin is a keystone area in combating...Show More Summary