MariaM Castillo

Departamento de Estudios Ambientales, Universidad Simon Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela

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The cover photograph shows the Autana River, a blackwater river in the Orinoco basin of Venezuela. In the background is the Autana Mountain, sacred to the Piaroa people, whose culture and livelihood are closely connected to the river. Photograph by M M Castillo

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