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Cunchaicha rock shelter in Peruvian Andes
2014-10-24 07:28:01

In one of the driest and most inhospitable areas on the planet - the Peruvian Andes - researchers have stumbled across two primitive rock shelters.

2014-04-25 11:08:39

Approved in 2012, Brazil's new Forest Code has few admirers.

Lesser Known Asian Mountain Ranges Led To Expansion Of Gobi Desert
2013-12-11 13:01:14

Scientists speaking at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco say the formation of the Hangay and the Altai mountain ranges may have led to the expansion of Asia’s largest desert.

New Scorpion Species Found In Andes
2013-06-05 15:35:04

French researchers have announced the discovery of a new species of scorpion in the Ecuadorean Andes, adding to that region’s already remarkable level of biodiversity.

2012-04-25 11:38:38

Researchers at the University of Granada Department of Botanic have participated in an international study that has confirmed that global warming is causing plants to migrate to higher altitudes.

2012-04-20 09:39:16

A pan-European study published in Science shows that mountain plants across the continent are moving to higher altitudes.

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.

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2012-01-29 11:51:43

In response to climate change, will a postage-sized-domain move uphill--and ultimately out of room?

2012-01-27 11:21:19

The Andes-Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia is one of the most biologically rich and rapidly changing areas of the world.


Latest Biodiversity hotspots Reference Libraries

Micro Frog, Microbatrachella Capensis
2013-07-16 12:33:22

The Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis) is a minute species of frog belonging to the Pyxicephalidae family, in the monotypic genus Microbatrachella. At about .71 inches long, it is one of the smallest regional species. Its color varies from rufous brown with dark mottling, to tan or green, depending on the population. It is native to the south-western Cape area of South Africa, with a single population located on the Cape Flats of Cape Town and a series of populations on the eastern...

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2009-07-01 13:43:29

Oceania is one of Earth's eight ecozones. It is the smallest ecosystem found on the planet. Oceania is unique as it is the only ecosystem that does not include any continental land mass. This bioregion includes the Pacific Ocean islands of Micronesia, Fijian Islands, and most of Polynesia (except for New Zealand). This is also the youngest ecozone. While the other ecozones include fragments of ancient continents and land masses, Oceania is composed of volcanic islands and coral atolls that...

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2009-07-01 13:41:09

The Neotropic ecozone is one of Earth's eight ecosystems. This ecozone is also known as the Neotropical ecozone. It is made up of South and Central America, the Mexican lowlands, Caribbean Islands, and southern Florida. The southernmost part of South America is part of the Antarctic ecosystem. Many of the regions included in the Neotropic share the same diversity among plant and animal life. The flora and fauna of the Neotropic are unique and distinct from the Nearctic (which includes most of...

Indomalaya Ecozone
2009-07-01 12:56:43

The Indomalaya ecozone is one of Earth's eight ecosystems. It covers most of South and Southeast Asia and parts of East Asia. This area was originally known as the Oriental Region by most scientists (especially biogeographers). Indomalaya extends from Afghanistan to Pakistan through the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to southern China, and through Indonesia toward Java, Bali, and Borneo. Indomalaya borders Australasia to the east and both are separated by the Wallace Line. Indomalaya...

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2009-07-01 11:55:58

The Afrotropic is one of eight ecozones found on Earth. It includes Africa (south of the Sahara Desert), the southern and eastern borders of the Arabian Peninsula, the island of Madagascar, southern Iran and outermost southwestern Pakistan, and the islands of the western Indian Ocean. The Afrotropic was previously known as the Ethiopian Zone. The Afrotropic has mostly a tropical climate, except for Africa's far-southern region. The Afrotropic borders the Palearctic ecozone to the north, which...

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