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New Electric Fish Genus And Species Discovered In Brazil's Rio Negro
2014-04-22 15:55:27

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Brazil, this week report that they have discovered a new genus and species of electric knifefish in several tributaries of the Negro River in the Amazonia State of Brazil. Professor Cristina Cox Fernandes at UMass Amherst, with Adília Nogueira and José Antônio Alves-Gomes of INPA, describe the new bluntnose knifefish in the current...

Amazon Deforestation Could Mean Droughts For Western United States
2013-11-07 12:22:13

Princeton University In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires. The researchers report in the Journal of Climate that an Amazon stripped bare could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal...

Amazon River Found To Be A Metabolic Hotspot
2013-05-21 07:12:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Amazon rainforest is known as the lungs of the planet because it inhales carbon dioxide and exudes oxygen into the atmosphere. The plants of the forest use the carbon dioxide to promote leafy growth, which eventually falls to the ground and decomposes or washes away from the region´s plentiful rainfall. Until recently, the belief was that most of the rainforest´s carbon floated away on the Amazon River, ending up deep...

Pre-Columbian Humans Had Little Effect On Amazon Rainforest
2012-06-15 07:01:54

Early inhabitants of the Amazon River Basin had little long-term impact on the forests in the area, overturning the notion that the region was a cultural parkland during pre-Columbian times, claims a new study published in the June 15 edition of the journal Science. The discovery comes after a team of researchers hailing from the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), the Smithsonian Institution, Wake Forest University and the University of Florida (UF) conducted the first landscape-scale...

2012-04-19 10:37:42

The Andean Amazon is becoming a major frontier for new hydroelectric dams, but an analysis of the potential impacts of these planned projects suggests that there may be serious ecological concerns to take into account. The full report is published Apr. 18 in the open access journal PloS ONE. The study, led by Matt Finer of the Center for Intenrational Environmental Law in Washington, D.C., analyzes the full portfolio of 150 planned dams across all six major river basins connecting the...

Google Takes Users On A Virtual Trip Down The Amazon River
2012-03-23 04:30:40

Google announced Street View Amazon on Wednesday, a project that allows users to take a 360 degree virtual tour of the Rio Negro reserve portion of the Amazon River. A spin on their popular online map service, Street View Amazon was stitched together with pictures taken along to the Rio Negro. Google used cameras mounted to three wheeled bicycles and traveled along the river and adjoining jungles and villages to capture the images used for the project. “Take a virtual boat ride...

2012-03-22 23:02:58

Rainforest Cruises specializes in Amazon River Cruises and Tours. Celebrating the Amazon's designation as a New World Wonder, summer cruises and tours will be deeply discounted. Guests save from 10% - 35% on cruises ranging from budget to luxury, with further discounts on land tours and free travel insurance. Gulfport, FL (PRWEB) March 21, 2012 Rainforest Cruises, Specialists in Amazon River Cruises and Tours, is offering incredible Amazon travel deals this summer. Celebrating the Amazon's...

2012-01-19 11:27:07

Highlights signs of transition to a disturbance-dominated regime A new paper published today in Nature reveals that human land use activity has begun to change the regional water and energy cycles - the interplay of air coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, water transpiration by the forest, and solar radiation - of parts of the Amazon basin. In addition, it shows that ongoing interactions between deforestation, fire, and climate change have the potential to alter carbon storage, rainfall...

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2011-08-26 08:39:44

  Brazilian scientists said Thursday they believe they have discovered an underground river, nearly 3,700 miles long, flowing 13,000 feet below the Amazon River, according to various media reports. Based on temperature variations at 241 inactive oil wells, researchers identified water movement more than 2 miles deep and running nearly the length of Amazon, said Valiya Hamza of Brazil´s National Observatory, for whom the possible river is named for. Researchers believe the...


Latest Amazon River Reference Libraries

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2009-07-02 22:38:33

The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia in Portuguese, and Selva Amazónica or Amazonia in Spanish), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers almost all of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin consists of 1.7 billion acres, of which 1.4 billion acres is rainforest. This rainforest covers nine nations (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). Brazil contains...

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2009-04-07 16:19:37

The Black-fronted Nunbird (Monasa nigrifrons) is a species of bird placed in the Bucconidae family of puffbirds. It is found in Amazonian Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It is also found in the regions of eastern and southeastern Brazil. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest. Though mostly occurring in the Amazon Basin south of the Amazon River, This species also occurs in two...

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2008-05-02 14:48:56

The Double-collared Seedeater (Sporophila caerulescens), is a species of bird in the Emberizidae family. These birds include sparrows, New World sparrows, seedeaters, and their allies. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay; also the southern border of Colombia on the Amazon River. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, pastureland, and heavily degraded former forest. The species ranges from central Argentina east of the Andes...

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2007-03-12 19:31:53

The Threestripe corydoras (Corydoras trilineatus), leopard catfish, or three line catfish is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the Corydoradinae sub-family of the Callichthyidae family. It originates in inland waters in South America, and is found in the central Amazon River basin in Brazil and Colombia, Peruvian Amazon and coastal rivers in Suriname. It was originally described by Edward Drinker Cope in 1872. The fish will grow in length up to 2.4 inches (6.1 centimeters). It lives...

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2007-03-12 19:22:22

Corydoras semiaquilus is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the Corydoradinae sub-family of the Callichthyidae family. It originates in inland waters in South America, and is found in the western Amazon River basin in Brazil and Peru. It was originally described by S.H. Weitzman in 1964. The fish will grow in length up to 2.4 inches (6.0 centimeters). It lives in a tropical climate in water with a 6.0 - 8.0 pH, a water hardness of 2 - 25 dGH, and a temperature range of 72 - 79 °F...

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