Photos by Randy Olson

Helicopter trip around inselbergs… the most prominent of which is Kasi Kasima. Kasi Kasima is the basic location for camp TWO and the area where the rapids forced the expedition to hike 8 heavy boats thru the jungle for 2.8 KM. The boats had to be moved on the way up and on the way back.

Before the scientists landed by helicopter, the first team has been out for two weeks and has brought 8 large boats from Palumeu. At two points on the river they had to portage all 8 (1,000 lb) boats as far as 3 KM thru the jungle. Once they made it up the Palumeu river to camp one they had to build a camp for everyone coming in by helicopter and cut a landing pad out of the jungle so the helicopter could land.

Basic info:
All of these photographs are taken along the Palumeu River. There is a Hydro dam on the Suriname river and there is a proposed waterway that will drain the Palumeu watershed into the Suriname river to provide additional power. The Hydro dam was poorly designed: It’s capacity is 180MW but it has never gone over 90MW. The additional water would boost the capacity and allow not only power for Paramaribo but also for resource extraction in the area. There is a Greenstone Belt gold resource in the immediate area of the hydro dam and you can see all the holding ponds from the air where they destroy the creeks and turn the landscape into a moonscape. There is also a project on the books to have a road cut thru the RAP survey area and connect with a new road in Brazil. This is one of the most protected pristine jungles in the world and the cancers in the forest from gold mining and other activities would only increase with easy road access.

Information on Suriname RAP Survey, March 8-29, 2012
Conservation International-Suriname and RAP program will conduct a RAP biodiversity survey of the Grensgeberte mountains in southeastern Suriname from March 8-29, 2012. The RAP survey will be conducted by Surinamese and international expert scientists. Leeanne Alonso of Global W

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