South America

The Fish that Smells like Money
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A tiny anchovy could be a silver bullet for malnutrition in Peru—if only we would let it.

Tiny Zombie Worms Are the Beavers of the Deep
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These deep-sea worms carve habitats out of whale bone.

Brazil Gets Lit
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Artificial lighting is spreading across the country, with unknown effects on its wildlife.

Forget Fiberglass, This Surfing Champion Rides Reeds
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An ancient Peruvian tradition of building and paddling reed boats is kept alive by a small group of fishermen, including Juninho Urcia, a...

Making a More Perfect Penguin
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A long-term study shows the subtle hand of natural selection on Argentina’s Magellanic penguins.

Book Review: Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka, Alaska
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Writers, relatives, and biologists reflect on the words and work of an iconic coastal character.

Old Coast, New Coast: Rio de Janeiro
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Botafogo Bay, a cornerstone of Rio since early colonial days, still looks lovely on the surface. The lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, however...

Rio, the Olympics, and Broken Promises
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Before the games even begin in Brazil’s most famous coastal city, there are winners and losers.

Pulling at the Heartstrings Loosens the Purse Strings
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New research shows ecotourists are more likely to contribute to conservation efforts if they feel connected to the cause and talk about it. 

The Museum at the End of the World
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Natalie Goodall built a museum for rare marine mammals in one of the world’s least likely places for a scientific institution.

Fire, Protests, and Distrust in the Wake of Chile’s Fishery Shutdown
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Protests around Chile’s handling of the red tide crisis reveal many fishers’ deep distrust of authority.

Ceremonies at Sea
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From Indonesia to Israel, many religious and cultural groups head to the beach to revel and repent.

Peekaboo Islands
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From tides to tectonics, puzzling events have pushed these five islands under water—only for them to rise again.

The Civilizing Power of Nature
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Science writer Andrew Lawler probes new ideas about how El Niño transformed ancient human societies—and what this means for our future.

Drawing Connections
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A traveling journal celebrates the art and science of shorebird conservation.

Book Review: The Narrow Edge
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When the lives of horseshoe crabs and migrating sandpipers intersect, the past and future are joined.

Saving São Paulo’s Shorebirds
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Brazil is on a push to protect its migrant shorebirds.

Five Islands We Are Really Sick Of
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An island stay sounds dreamy, but the reality of these five quarantine islands was often a nightmare.

The Irony of Recife, Brazil
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The beaches in this coastal city are beautiful but deadly.

The Subterranean Cartographers
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An intrepid team of scientists explores and maps the lava tubes of the Galapagos Islands.

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