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May 19, 2017

Brazil’s new oil frontier threatens Amazon reef

Brazil’s new oil frontier threatens Amazon reef

Deep beneath the waters of the Atlantic off Brazil's most northern coast, French major Total SA is hunting for what it hopes will be Latin America's next big oil discovery, but environmentalists fear the project may damage a nearby thriving reef system, more than 1,000 kilometers long and possibly home to new marine species.

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Waves reach a forest on the banks of Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Amapa state near Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, March 31, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Jailson, a crab collector, tries to pick a crab at a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Jailson, a crab collector, tries to pick a crab at a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Mangroves grow on the banks of Oiapoque River on the coast of Amapa state, near Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 3, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A house stands among rivers next to the mouth of Amazonas River on the coast of Amapa state, near Macapa city, northern Brazil, March 31, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Birds fly over the mouth of the Araguari River on the coast of Amapa state, near Amapa city, northern Brazil, March 31, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A flooded farm is seen near the mouth of Araguari River on the coast of Amapa state, near Amapa city, northern Brazil, March 31, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Denilson, a crab collector, shows his catch at a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A Scarlet ibis stands in trees in Cabo Orange National Park on the coast of Amapa state, near the mouth of the Oiapoque river, northern Brazil, April 3, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Scarlet ibis fly near the banks of a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Scarlet ibis stand on the banks of a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Scarlet ibis fly near the banks of a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A boat navigates in Oiapoque River on the coast of Amapa state, near Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 3, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Fishermen navigate in the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Amapa state, near the mouth of the Oiapoque river, northern Brazil, April 3, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Valeria Leal's home is seen on an island in the Oiapoque River in Amapa state, Brazil, April 4, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A boat stands during low tide at the mouth of the Calcoene River where it joins the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A fisherman works on his fishing net on the banks of the Oiapoque river in Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 2, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Isabel Fortes, 65, an indigenous woman from the Karipuna tribe, prepares manioc flour on the banks of Oiapoque River on the coast of Amapa state, near Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 4, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Marcos Paulo, an indigenous boy from the Karipuna tribe, plays in a hammock on the deck of his house on the banks of the Oiapoque River on the coast of Amapa state, near Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 4, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Francisco Assuncao de Lima, 65, a fisherman, carries fish in Calcoene, northern Brazil, April 1, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Fishermen unload fish off their boat at the banks of Amapa Grande River on the coast of Amapa state, in Amapa city, northern Brazil, April 1, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A family is seen outside their house in Calcoene, northern Brazil, April 1, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Fishermen unload fish from their boat on the banks of Amapa Grande River on the coast of Amapa state, in Amapa city, northern Brazil, April 1, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Mikimba, a fisherman, sits outside his house in Calcoene, northern Brazil, April 1, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Boys celebrate a goal as they play soccer in Calcoene, northern Brazil, April 1, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A cat sits below salted fish in Calcoene, northern Brazil, April 1, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A child plays on the banks of the Oiapoque river in Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 2, 2017. The French Guiana is seen in the background. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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People gather at a small port from where boats cross the Oiapoque river between the Oiapoque city, northern Brazil and the French Guiana in Oiapoque, April 2, 2017. The French Guiana is seen in the background. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A farm worker washes his pig in a boat as they wait to sail up the river during low tide at the mouth of the Calcoene River, on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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A child plays on the banks of the Oiapoque river in Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 2, 2017. The French Guiana is seen in the background. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Rodolfo Antonio Ferreira da Silva, 62, works on his fishing net on the banks of the Oiapoque river in Oiapoque city, northern Brazil, April 2, 2017. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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