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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 05:57 AM

'Cloud Forest' in The Misty Mountains of Bolivia Reveals 20 Species New to Science



Chironius scurrulus, aka the smooth machete savane. (© Trond Larsen)

PETER DOCKRILL15 DECEMBER 2020

A mist-shrouded 'cloud forest' landscape nestled in the foothills of the Bolivian Andes has revealed 20 species previously unknown to science, along with a bounty of rediscovered animals and plants not seen in years, decades, or even over a century in some cases.

In the course of a giant scientific expedition into the Zongo Valley – located about 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) above sea level in the eastern reaches of the Cordillera Real mountain range – researchers catalogued more than 1,200 species in total, 770 of which had never been seen in this part of the world before.

"These discoveries are the result of 14 days of intense field work spread across the rugged terrain, misty cloud forests and cascading waterfalls of the Zongo," says biologist Trond Larsen from Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program (RAP), who co-led the expedition of almost 20 researchers from both Bolivian and international institutions.

"This area has become a safe haven for amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and plants that haven't been found anywhere else on Earth."

More:
https://www.sciencealert.com/cloud-forest-in-the-misty-mountains-of-bolivia-reveals-20-species-new-to-science

Also posted in Science:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/122873195



Zongo Valley, Bolivia

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BobsYourUncle Dec 2020 #1
Judi Lynn Dec 2020 #5
a la izquierda Dec 2020 #2
Judi Lynn Dec 2020 #6
CatLady78 Dec 2020 #9
Judi Lynn Dec 2020 #10
CatLady78 Dec 2020 #11
a la izquierda Dec 2020 #12
CatLady78 Dec 2020 #3
Judi Lynn Dec 2020 #7
niyad Dec 2020 #4
Judi Lynn Dec 2020 #8

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 06:58 AM

1. So much to learn...

here and at the boundaries of time.

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Response to BobsYourUncle (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 02:38 PM

5. No one can ever hope to catch up, for certain. 👍

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 07:02 AM

2. I've not been to Zongo

but to Parque Nacional Amboro, further southeast in Bolivia.
It was absolutely stunning to visit.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 02:45 PM

6. Omigosh, a la izquierda. I just saw images of Parque Nacional Amboro for the first time!



Parque Nacional Amboro



Unbelievable place, also.

What a trip! That would leave an imprint.

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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 07:54 PM

10. It's hard to believe some of these places are real. There's so much to take in.

If you haven't seen these, yet, the Painted Mountains in Peru, click on any one of these thumbnails:

https://tinyurl.com/y7zo7dyz

I stumbled across them online, too. Nearly fell out of my chair!

I just went back there, to the link, that is, saw the name "Rainbow Mountain." I hadn't remembered the name correctly.

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Wed Dec 16, 2020, 02:53 AM

12. It was absolutely amazing.

The tiny town of Samaipata, which is nearby, is really interesting as well. I hope someday to get back to Bolivia. It's a fascinating country and I only saw a small part of it.

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Tue Dec 15, 2020, 02:47 PM

7. I absolutely love the chance to look for these things regularly. Thank you, CatLady78.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 08:41 AM

4. Fascinating. Thank you so much for posting this.

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 02:49 PM

8. Thanks to you, niyad. 👋

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