MADEIRA RIVER (2011–2012-2013)
Long field expeditions to the Madeira river were carried out during the summer of 2011, December 2012 as part of the National Geographic project Exploring a soon to be lost Amazon world: a geomorphologic, paleontologic and geo-archaeologic expedition to the Madeira River and the NSF project Morphodynamics of the Madeira River: An Amazonian Anabranching Mega-River Facing Imminent Disruption. Participated in these expeditions Dr. Samia Aquino (UT-Austin), Prof. Jorge bad (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Prof. Naziano Filizola (UFAM), Prof. Jose. C. Stevaux (UNESP) and the graduated students Harumi Fujita (UNESP-UNIOESTE), Christine Bonthius (UT-Austin), Michele Tizuka (UNESP) and Christian Frias (Univ. Pittsburgh). The researchers had the support of paleontologist and archeologist of Scientia, a specialized firm in geoarcheology and paleontology that is in charge of rescuing the archeological remains before being flooded by the dams under construction in the Madeira river. The team was collecting Quaternary Geology, hydro-geomorphologic, sedimentologic , hydraulic and morphodynamics information and used acoustic Doppler ADCP, echosound coupled to a GPS, a dual frequency Stratabox and other equipment.
An exploratory field trip was carried out by Prof. Latrubesse and Prof. Maximiliano Bayer (Universidade Federal de Goias, Brazil) during the summer field season of 2011 to assess the potential impact by dams in Xingú river where a major, billionaire and controversial hydropower enterprise, the Monte Belo dam, is planned to be constructed by the Brazilian government. Bayer and Latrubesse travelled by boat more than 350 miles collecting geomorphologic and sedimentologic informationalong the Xingu River, one of the most beautiful and pristine areas of the Amazon basin that unfortunately is endanger because the dam construction.