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Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for

Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for

Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for Caura rainforest Rhett Butler, mongabay.com November 14, 2011 Beach below Para Falls, Caura River. Photo by Kike Arnal One of the planet's most beautiful landscapes is in danger. Deep in southern Venezuela, among ancient forested tabletop mountains known as tepuis, crystalline rivers, and breathtaking waterfalls, outside influences — malaria, the high price of gold, commercial hunting, and cultural erosion — are threatening one of world's largest remaining blocks of wilderness, one that is home to indigenous people and strikingly high levels of biological diversity. The Caura river, which drains the Guiana Shield highlands that separate the Orinoco and Amazon River basins, is renowned for its biological and cultural richness. Characterized by lowland tropical rainforest, the Caura basin has more tha...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1114-caura_futures_milleron...

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