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Near Masuko
Cuzco [Cusco], Peru
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Habitat: ; ; ; ; Equipment Notes: Stereo=2: 1=L, 2=R; Decoded MS stereo. NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS Show: Peru Log of DAT #: 3 Engineer: Leo Del Aguila Date: July 2000 ng = not good ok= okay g = good vg = very good Tim Currie (TC) Anton Seimon (AS) Peter Zahler (PZ) Paolo Greer (PG) John Nielsen (JN) Leo del Aguila (LD) 1:07 -Leo: Day 3 of our trek. Van: We're on the outskirts of Maszuko, getting ready to go across the river to Huaypetue. It's about 8 am, it's about 65, it's a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, and we're the center of attention as usual. Leo: (hears distortion and decides to change batteries) 1 :58-Leo: Fresh batteries, so here we go. 2:10-AMBI-walking. Some slight chatter. 2:34-Voices, talking to Leo in Spanish. Thumping sounds like packing a car? 4:05-FX VG-squeaking noise as a motor starts ... revvs up then dies down to voices. Afterwards, some chat about where everyone is from. 5:46-John: Day 3 6:00-John: Day 3, on a boat, on a river, on the way to a mining town. 6:08-FX-Boat starts up, revvs a few times. Some voices, a little chatter as the boat starts off into the river. 6:41-John: Tell me what (place) is? PZ: It's a gold mining town that doesn't exist on any map, at least in Peru, it's a town of at least 10,090 people, probably the second largest town in the area. It's an incredible catastrophe, it's an utter disaster in terms of environmental effects in the area. Possibly as much as 100,000 sq. kilometers of just destruction in the area. Unregulated gold mining primarily has been doing it. A lot of mercury poisoning in the water. And it's a disaster not just in terms of conservation effect on the forest but also on the people as well. And there's not much living there, and the peopl4e shouldn't be living there either because it's pretty much of a toxic waste. 7:32-John-It's basically everybody's worst nightmare when it comes to what you might see when you build a road. PZ: Absolutely. A road comes into an area like this and pretty soon you have just sort of uncontrolled development and there's very little taxes and no government in the area. 7:57-John: Is (name) between the two parks? PZ: (place) is actually right actually on the boarder of (blah) and (blah) which is the nature reserve and considered to have some of the highest biodiversity in the world and it's very near Manu. It's about a 30 to 50 mile wide corridor between the two parks. John (cutting in): Manu is another biological reserve. PZ :It's a world heritage site. A national park and (place) sits right in between them in the 50 mile wide corridor. 8:28-John: Does it affect the parks? PZ: Hard to say at this point, you have to look at the rivers and the drainage system, it doesn't seem as if a lot of the stuff from the place is going into the parks at this moment but development is spreading. It's certainly going to affect both parks eventually. And it also affects in terms of the fact that um it blocks any sort of corridor conductivity between the two parks. The road comes right in between the two parks and cuts them in two. And the development as it spreads is effectively going to really isolate the two parks. 9:08-John: And when you all go there, what is it that you're looking for? PZ: To (place)? We're just trying to document the effects on the area at this point trying to get an idea as to really what is happening there and what kind of destruction is occurring there and what kind of destruction is spreading and report back to the governments to let them know that some sort of regulatory work needs to be done. 9:44-John: Name rank and serial number just to go on tape. 9:47-PZ: Peter Zahler (PZ) conservation biologist wildlife conservation society. 10:04-John: In the thing you wrote, you described it as something out of Dante's inferno, is it f... (Notes truncated)

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