Amazon River needs to be connected

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In past blogs the issues of dams being build on the Amazon River have been discussed. On one side there is the threat to the local ecology and on the other the increase need for sustainable energy. A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation finds that separate areas along the river need to periodically flood and mix. This mixing of distinct regions leads to healthy and genetically diverse species of fish. Dams will prevent seasonal flooding which can have long-term effects not only on the native wildlife, but also on commercial fisheries.

For more information on the possible dangers dams pose to the Amazon River, read the study on the ReaserchGate.net website. To discuss cichlid species from the region visit the South American Species forum.

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