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November 3 2012

Reserve is haven for study of Brazil's Atlantic rainforest


Brazil's Salto Morato Nature Preserve is a haven for scientists studying the dwindling Atlantic rainforest, an area less renowned than the Amazon forest but just as biologically diverse and equally threatened by human encroachment.

The preserve in Guaraquecaba, in the southeastern state of Parana, covers a corner of what was once a huge littoral rainforest known as the Mata Atlantica.

The Mata covered 1.3-million square kilometers, or about a quarter the size of the Amazon rainforest, when Portuguese colonizers arrived in the 16th century.

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