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AMAZONIAN GOLD: William Woods, professor of geography, is quoted in an article in the April issue of Discover magazine called "Black Gold of the Amazon." The article focuses on how fertile, charred areas of soil supported large settlements in the rain forests centuries ago, and how those methods could help solve the Amazon's current ecological problems. The dark areas of soil were likely originally created by accident."At some point they recognize their importance and start to promote them," Woods is quoted as saying about ancient inhabitants and the charred areas.

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