Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Myth of pristine Amazon rainforest busted as old cities reappear"

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What is today one of the largest tracts of rainforest in the world was, until little more than 500 years ago, a landscape dominated by human activity
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After Europeans showed up, the inhabitants were decimated by disease and superior weaponry, and retreated into the bush, while the jungle reclaimed their fields and plazas. But, thanks to a combination of deforestation and remote sensing, what’s left of their civilisation is now re-emerging.