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Scientific Paper on Anthropogenic Formations in Ratanabá Presented at the 14th SINAGEO in Corumbá-MS

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

On Tuesday, the 29th, a group of independent researchers from the Dakila Ecosystem presented their scientific paper at the 14th National Geomorphology Symposium, shedding light on rectilinear cuts found in the Amazon and the leading hypotheses for their interpretation using LIDAR technology.

The event, which commenced on the 24th of this month, concludes today, offering a rich array of mini-courses, lectures, field activities, and more. Centering around the theme "Geomorphology of Wetlands in the Context of Environmental Changes," the event sparked discussions not only about the Pantanal itself but also its interaction with plateau areas and the various environmental shifts.

logo do evento trazendo a ilustração bidimensional de um tuiuiú, um morro com sol tendo abaixo um trecho verde e um riacho formando a parte de baixo do S de SINAGEO

Beyond this biome, the symposium encompassed a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from software applications like employing Minecraft for geography education, book launches, women in geomorphology, to analyses of the Amazon through LIDAR technology.

In a bid to cover a broad array of subjects, the symposium was structured into 15 axes: Weathering, Soils, and Landscape; Slope Processes and Forms; Fluvial and Lacustrine Geomorphology; Coastal, Marine, Submarine, and Aeolian Geomorphology; Karst Landscape Geomorphology; Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology; Tectonic Geomorphology; Geomorphology and Climate; Quantification of Processes, Modeling, and Geochronology; Basic and Applied Geomorphological Mapping (Environmental); Geomorphological Risk: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Prediction; Anthropocene and Urban Geomorphology; Geodiversity and Geomorphological Heritage; Geotechnologies and Artificial Intelligence in Geomorphology; Teaching Geomorphology: From Traditional to Metaverse.

The lectures and presentations were hosted at the premises of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Pantanal Campus, as well as the Convention Center. Among the oral presentations in the axis of Basic and Applied Geomorphological Mapping (Environmental), the Dakila Research team could spotlight their paper titled "Landscape Analysis for Identifying Relief Forms from LIDAR-generated Images."

Sala com projetor de slide mostrando as quadras de RAtanaba com o arqueólogo ao lado esquerdo apresentando sua pesquisa

Archaeologist Saulo Ivan Nery presented a study conducted in the Amazon, specifically in the Apiacás region (MT), utilizing LIDAR technology and the hypotheses derived from it. The study focused on an area featuring rectilinear cuts in the terrain, resembling a checkered pattern. It compared this formation with geological faults and drainage patterns. Through a comparison of these LIDAR data with existing literature, the study proposes an anthropogenic origin for these structures. This conclusion arises from disparities between them and drainage patterns, and particularly due to recent discoveries of urban traces in the Eastern Amazon.

Crucially, these findings are preliminary, and research will continue to reinforce these hypotheses, gather further data, and unearth more discoveries from the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Furthermore, the Dakila Ecosystem team managed to livestream the complete presentation via their YouTube channel "Dakila Pesquisas," engaging with an audience of over 700 people.

The presentation slides, along with the complete paper and supporting videos, are available through the following link:


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