What's New in the World
Issue No. 16 "Amazon"

 Last Updated: February 15, 1997


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Disappearing Act

Find out how" blending in" can help animals survive.

Story & images by Jim Spadaccini

When I first realized that I would be traveling down the Amazon, I envisioned dense forests, poisonous snakes, colorful birds, and swarming insects. But it was the things that I couldn't imagine--the people, for example--that affected me the most.

Our journey began in Iquitos, Peru, a noisy city of 400,000 and the largest in the Peruvian Amazon. Motorcycle taxis race through the streets and the docks and open market bustle with activity. The markets are filled with products from the rain forest, most legal and some illegal. It's not uncommon to find endangered animals quartered and sold by the kilo. Sadly, enforcement is difficult and people try to make ends meet any way that they can.

 Discovering the Amazon:
The World's Greatest River

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Last Month: "Looking for Planets in All the Right Places: An exclusive interview with astronomers Geoffery Marcy and Didier Queloz", "Science Explorer" and "Exploratorium Visitors Give Their Points of View" December 1996/ January 1997 Issue

About this month's issue:
We hope you enjoy this special edition of What's New in the World. We'd like to thank all of the wonderful people we met in the Peruvian Amazon, they've helped to make this issue a very special one.
   

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