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Pictures from The Amazon

Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:29 pm
by Tim_MaA_MidB
Deleted. The links are dead.

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:03 pm
by Great Plum
Good pictures - how is the Amazon basin doing - are they still cutting it all down?

Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:18 pm
by Tim_MaA_MidB
There is a lot of legislation and talk which is supposed to deter illegal logging and encourage sustainable use of the resource... but enforcement and providing the cash to get projects are another thing.

At the current rate of decline, I think The Amazon will last longer than I do, but only just. I would rather be dead than live in a world that allows it to disappear anyway.

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:55 pm
by Tim_MaA_MidB
I see that a fair number of people have looked at this post. I would be interested to read comments (favourite picure) and answer any questions.

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:13 pm
by Katharine
I have never been to the Amazon, but I am struck with the similarity to Borneo (spent 12 years there in 3 different postings) - not only in the vegetation which would be expected in the rain forest but also in the look of the people. As for the pot of orchids - are you sure it's your picture and not one of mine!!! Much of Borneo is/was a riverine culture. Did longhouses develop in the Amazon?

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:49 pm
by Tim_MaA_MidB
There is a good article on longhouses here. ... locas.shtm

Unfortunately, the Indian way of life has been under attack since missionaries first started into the jungle. Now, many native communities are disintegrating as people migrate into the cities looking for "a better life" and many end up living in the unsalubrious and drug ridden favelas.

I went to an orchid farm, near the museum where I took the picture of the pot of orchids. They were being grown on waist high benches about 50m long and 2 meters wide, inside poly-tunnels. The substrate was charcoal and coconut fibre kept moist with a slow drip feed system. They just cut off the blooms and ship them out for decorations.

It's quite hard to find orchids in the wild around Manaus. They tend to get poached and frequently you only see a hacked bit of bark on a tree where one used to be growing.

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:19 pm
by Katharine
Thanks Tim, I've just googled for Borneo longhouses and this is not bad :

I don't think they are quite the same, but just as in the Amazon they are being depopulated with the drift to the cities - also the encroachment of the oil palm plantations. Still I have work to do this afternoon and I must NOT get onto any hobbyhorses!