Latest Amazon River Stories

2010-11-19 08:00:00

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Reynolds Wolf, a veteran meteorologist and correspondent for CNN Worldwide, will join International Expeditions' April 1, 2011 Amazon River journey as a guest lecturer. During the 10-day tour, Wolf will lead discussions on the impact of the Amazon rainforest on global weather and climate. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100525/CL10696LOGO ) International Expeditions, the world leader in engaging and authentic nature travel, is...

2010-11-12 01:46:09

Academy of Natural Sciences evolutionary biologist and colleagues pose evidence An international team of scientists, including a leading evolutionary biologist from the Academy of Natural Sciences, have reset the agenda for future research in the highly diverse Amazon region by showing that the extraordinary diversity found there is much older than generally thought. The findings from this study, which draws on research by the Academy's Dr. John Lundberg and other scientists, were published...

2010-10-20 07:15:00

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- International Expeditions, the world leader in engaging and authentic nature travel, is offering travelers on its April 22, 2011 Amazon River cruise an opportunity to refine their photography skills with enriching lectures and field instruction by photographer George Ritchey. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100525/CL10696LOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100525/CL10696LOGO ) With over 35 years of wildlife...

2010-10-18 08:49:36

The pre-Columbian Indian societies that once lived in the Amazon rainforests may have been much larger and more advanced than researchers previously realized. Together with Brazilian colleagues, archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg have found the remains of approximately 90 settlements in an area South of the city of Santar©m, in the Brazilian part of the Amazon. "The most surprising thing is that many of these settlements are a long way from rivers, and are located in...

2010-09-03 10:01:01

ESA's SMOS water mission has taken another step forward by demonstrating that it will lead to a better understanding of ocean circulation. Using preliminary data, scientists can clearly see how surface currents affect the 'Amazon plume' in the open sea. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission has been delivering observations of 'brightness temperature' to the science community since mid-July. As a measure of radiation emitted from Earth's surface, this information can be used to...

2010-09-03 06:40:00

Peruvian authorities recently reported that the Amazon river is at its lowest level in over 40 years, causing trouble for regions that depend on its waters for transportation. Officials in Loreto province said on Tuesday the river in the northeast city of Iquitos fell to 347.67 feet above sea level, which is 1.6 feet lower than it was in 2005.  The draining river has brought economic havoc in some areas of Peru that depend on the world's biggest river for shipping. Regions civil...

2010-08-30 10:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Amazon Watch and International Rivers have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art 10-minute Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver, with technical assistance from Google Earth Outreach, in support of Brazil's Xingu River Forever Alive Movement. Download the tour or view the video on amazonwatch.org. The tour allows viewers to learn about the harmful impacts of, and alternatives to the massive Belo Monte Dam on the...

2010-05-03 12:30:00

Special Exhibition at the New York Hall of Science Opening May 8 NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Take a voyage along the world's most biologically diverse river through the hands-on, bilingual (Spanish/English) exhibition Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes & Other Riches at the New York Hall of Science from May 8 - August 22, 2010. Visitors are welcomed to the exhibition by a video of real-life riverboat captain Moacir Fortes, who tells his story 'The Seven Perils' that...

2009-07-29 08:55:00

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have discovered that the Amazon river, and its transcontinental drainage, is around 11 million years old and took its present shape about 2.4 million years ago. University of Liverpool researchers, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam and Petrobras, the national oil company of Brazil, analyzed sedimentary material taken from two boreholes near the mouth of the river to calculate the age of the Amazon river and the Amazon deep sea fan....

2009-07-07 16:50:00

The Amazon River originated as a transcontinental river around 11 million years ago and took its present shape approximately 2.4 million years ago. These are the most significant results of a study on two boreholes drilled in proximity of the mouth of the Amazon River by Petrobras, the national oil company of Brazil. A team formed by the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) of the University of Amsterdam, the University of Liverpool and Petrobras used this new oceanic...

Latest Amazon River Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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