Manaus, Brazil is the capital of the state Amazonas. It is the most populated city of this region, and lies at the confluence of the Negro and Solimoes rivers.
Translating as 'Mother of the Gods', Manaus has a population of 2,006,870, representing 50% of the Amazon's inhabitants.
Historically, Manaus was deemed 'Heart of the Amazon and City of the Forest'.
Starting point for 'Worldwise Expeditions' journey up the Amazon River and into Venezuela.
The underwater gardens of our oceans, CORAL REEFS, are living organisms providing a home for nearly 1/2 the fish humans consume.
However, due to human's vast exploitation of the ocean environment and problems such as Global Warming, Coastal Development, Bottom Trawling, and pollution, 20% of the worlds Coral Reefs are dead.
Given the likelihood of ocean exploitation to continue, another 15% of living Coral Reefs could dissapear within 20 years.
This will affect humans in more ways than we realize...