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The Amazon Academy brings the Amazon rainforest to you. Infinite wisdom. Chaotic perfection. Nature's balance.
The Amazon Academy brings the Amazon rainforest to you. Infinite wisdom. Chaotic perfection. Nature's balance.

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Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana). Often seen on low shaded branches close to water, before plunging in head first after their fish prey. Photographed by Bird Researcher +Giulia Masoero  #tropicalbirds   #wildlifephotography  
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The Amazon River flows east across the continent of South America, dumping vast amounts of water into the Atlantic Ocean each day. But at one point, the river actually flowed from east to west and, for a time, in both directions at once.

When the continents of South America and Africa broke apart this created a raised highland along the east coast of South America, which tilted the river’s flow toward the center of the continent.

The Andes Mountains on the west of the continent grew larger over time and eventually became large enough to send water and sediment over the Purus Arch, a central ridge which was once a divider of the Amazon River systems. By this time, the eastern highland had eroded away, and the river's water could empty freely into the Atlantic.
#geography   #interestingfacts  
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A favorite for macaws and humans. The unmistakable call for "aguaje, aguajina..." is shouted by sellers across urban markets in the Peruvian Amazon. The palm grows in Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guinea, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. #superfoods   #healthynewyear  
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Bananas, a drop in the 'rainforest' of foods that tropical forests can offer. Think disease-resistant crops. #futurefood   #sustainability  
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Missing the rainforest? You can build your own–well, something a lot like one–in your classroom or home. Terrariums are fun to create and can take just a few hours to complete, or many years to perfect. The one in this video must have taken a lot of work, but isn't it beautiful?

What you will need:
- A large fish tank (you can also use a 2L soda bottle cut in half)
- Some small gravel
- Some charcoal (you can get a bag of charcoal used for orchids)
- Some very rich potting soil (like you get at the local garden shop) or compost from your yard, enough to cover the entire floor of the aquarium tank with 1 inch of soil
- A few tropical plants (ask your garden shop manager to help you)
- Some tap water
- A piece of glass large enough to cover the top of the aquarium–make sure it will cover the entire opening in the top.

What you need to do:
- Put the gravel and charcoal in the bottom of the aquarium/soda bottle.
- Now put the potting soil (or compost) in a layer of at least 1 inch on top of the gravel and charcoal.
- Dampen the soil.
- Plant the plants around the aquarium/soda bottle.
- Spray 10 spritzes of water from a spray bottle into the aquarium/soda bottle.
- Put the glass over the top. If you would like to, you can put clear tape around the edges to seal it. (If using soda bottle – put the top half on and seal with clear packing tape.)
- Put your new terrarium in a warm, well-lit spot.
- Watch what happens–keep a notebook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoXVNONV4tQ

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Ecotourism pays: A lesson from Costa Rica in poverty alleviation. http://ow.ly/FrWVC

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Beautiful birds of the rainforest
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