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  1. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Satellite image of Amazon River. Photo by NASA A new study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries has linked fish population to the amount of forest surrounding the body of water in the Amazon River basin. Although the study isn't cichlid specific, it can be assumed that cichlid...
  2. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    European Cichlid-Forum members will be glad to know that Aquatis, the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe, has opened its doors this past weekend. Originally envisioned over 15 years ago, the project is finally completed and open to the public, although not all the exhibits are fully stocked...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    An article on Nature.com titled Damming the rivers of the Amazon basin details the far-reaching consequences of dams along the Amazon River. Although this blog has covered other articles about the impact of damming the Amazon River, new research has shown that the impact goes far beyond the...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    Xyliphius sofiae. Credit: Mark Sabaj/Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A new species of catfish from the dark, murky waters of the Amazon River has been named after the discoverer's daughter. Xyliphius sofiae was first discovered years ago but not until recently given a species...
  5. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Tennessee Aquarium River Discovery Hall The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga features many great exhibits including River Giants and the Tennessee River Gallery. There is also the Rivers of the World gallery which includes the Amazon River, Congo River and other rivers in Africa. For those...
  6. General Aquaria Discussion
    Photo by Neil Palmer/CIAT. CC 2.0 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...
  7. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Amazon river heavily loaded with sediment. Photo by NASA Dam construction continues at a fast pace to meet the growing demand for electricity in South America. It is estimated that there are over 400 existing, in construction or planned dams dotting the Amazon river basin. The dangers to the...
  8. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Marañón River. Photo by David Hill from the article on Mongabay.com (CC BY-ND 4.0) The source of the Amazon River, the Marañón River, is being threatened by a proposed 20 dam project. The Peru government wants to build the 20 dams along the main trunk of the Marañón River in order to meet...
  9. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Golden mussels. Photo by AP/Leo Correa A tiny, invasive species from China is slowly making its way to the Amazon River threatening its ecosystem. Golden mussels arrived in Argentina in the early 1990s. Since then, they have spread northward toward the Amazon River Basin. Golden mussels...
  10. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Belo Monte Dam. CGI rendition by Eletrobras and Brazilian ministries. Mongabay.com has created a list of 10 rainforests things to watch in 2015. The Amazon Rainforest is prominent on the list and the outlook is mixed. Some gains in preserving the parts of the rainforest should come into effect...
  11. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Hillside deforestation. A recent study is indicating that the recent drought in Brazil may be the result of years of unchecked deforestation. It appears that trees in the Amazon jungle do more than remove carbon from the air. Trees also draw water from the ground and add moisture to the air. It...
  12. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Amazon deforestation. Photo courtesy of NASA. Amazon deforestation has declined by 18% over the last year. An estimated 1,870 square miles of rain forest were destroyed between August 2013 and July 2014, down from 2,275 sq. miles over the same period the year before. A new conservation bill is...
  13. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Gold miners in the Amazon. Ron Haviv / VII The Amazon gold rush continues and its impact in the region isn't slowing down. An article on Smithsonian.com details the devastation taking place as gold fever leaves little room for protecting the ecology. Even the History Channel is cashing in on...
  14. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Possible source of Amazon River (red circle) For hundreds of years the starting point of the Amazon River has been disputed. The starting point, at one time or another, has been attributed to many different rivers. A new study claims the Mantaro River in southwestern Peru is the beginning of...
  15. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo by Google Earth Gold mining in the Madre de Dios region of Peru is not only threatening the region, but also poses a threat down stream to the Amazon River. Of particular concern are the illegal gold mining camps that have sprung up in the last few years. Unregulated...
  16. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Napo river oil spill. Photo by AP/Petroecuador More bad news for the Amazon River. A landslide in Ecuador ruptured an oil pipeline spilling an estimated 400,000 gallons. The oil spill has made its way into the Napo River, a major tributary of the Amazon River. From Ecuador, the Napo River flows...
  17. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Pastaza River. Photo by GTR-PUCR The President of Peru orders oil cleanup along the Pastaza River following the declaration of a contamination emergency. The Pastaza River flows into the Marañón River which is a source of the Amazon River. The 90 day cleanup order comes along with a hefty fine...
  18. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Google and Time Magazine have worked together to create a global database of zoomable, animated satellite views. Using satellite images from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, 30 years of change can be seen in a matter of seconds. An example like the amazon deforestation seen above quickly...
  19. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Río Yata Ramsar Site. Photo by Omar Rocha/WWF To help mark World Wetland Day, Bolivia has created the world's largest protected wetland. At more than 17 million acres, the Llanos de Moxos wetland is located in northern Bolivia along its borders with Peru and Brazil. Traversed by 3 major rivers...
  20. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Jaw of the piranha. Andrewself Although not a cichlid, piranhas make their homes in the Amazon River Basin. Research has shown that pound for pound, piranha's have more bite force than any other animal. Great white sharks, hyenas, alligators and even Tyrannosaurus rex can't match the relative...
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