MORE THAN 4,000 square miles of the Amazon have been destroyed by dams. According to the International Rivers Organization, the rapid rate of damming and deforestation is the biggest ecological threat to the Amazon Basin, a region nearly the size of the continental United States.
In December 2009, the Epicocity Project and a team of National Geographic filmmakers and biologists spent 10 days in the Amazon Jungle kayaking the rapids of the Rio Roosevelt. The team took a biodiversity inventory before the ecosystem is forever changed by the dam.
We wrote about the expedition in this article about tweeting and blogging live from the Amazon. Now you can check out the crew’s photos. All photos are © Adam Mills Elliott.