Would you like some mercury with that fish?

Several small studies have shown that some fish in the Madre de Dios region in southeastern Peru contain dangerous levels of mercury. A larger study of mercury in fish and in people will soon get under way under the direction of Luis Fernández, a tropical ecologist from the  Carnegie Institution for Science  at Stanford University.
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Peru and Beyond

Lomas and fog

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The cold Pacific or Humboldt Current is the reason why Peru’s coast is so dry. Moisture evaporating from the ocean is absorbed by the warmer air over land,…

Tropical glaciers

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Andes are topped by the largest concentration of ice anywhere in the Earth’s tropics (the belt around the middle of the planet, between 30 degrees North and 30 degrees…

Guano islands

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Along the Peruvian coast is a string of rocky islands and peninsulas that are home to guanay cormorants, boobies, and pelicans. The birds leave the islands every morning…

Coastal current

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The coastal ecosystems and the civilizations that flourished on the Peruvian coast have been shaped by Pacific currents. The Peruvian or Humboldt Currentflowing northward along the coast of South America,…