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Old 01-04-2013, 11:58 AM   #1216
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Dakar Rally itself threatens paleontological richness of southern Peru


Whale fossil in the desert of Ica. The Dakar 2012 damaged and left tons of trash

Despite the many global impact paleontological discoveries have occurred in recent years in our country, the authorities have not frontally assume the responsibility to protect the fossils and encouraging scientific research that reveal their true significance.

By contrast, potentially destructive activities are authorized for the thousands of fossils that lie on the surface of the desert Ocucaje like Dakar rally, without knowing fully the extent, characteristics and current situation of one of the most important paleontological sites world.

The Ministry of Culture has announced that to reduce "significantly" damage fossils has implemented a campaign signaling. How do you assess the damage or reduce if current status is unknown? Does the private institute that advises the Ministry of Culture has academic accreditation to perform this important work?

These measures far from solving the problem are evidence that there is little understanding on basic aspects of the fossil record. Unfortunately, you can not know how much wealth was lost, but continue to grow economically, that's what matters it seems.

In 1863, the great scientist Antonio Raimondi discovered the fossilized skeleton of a whale in the desert that separates Port Acari Lomas, on the north coast of Arequipa. Despite the limited knowledge of the time, the Italian scholar drew and identified the remains of the whale and its age determined with great precision. What Raimondi know was that he had discovered one of the most extraordinary places in the world to study the evolution of whales.
Currently, the rocks containing these fossils are widely recognized as belonging to the Pisco Basin and determined that are exposed on the surface of the desert for over 300 kms with interruptions from Pisco to Yauca.

Yes, the 2013 Dakar tour the beginning of January the deserts of Ica and Arequipa substantial economic resources and leave the country. We all celebrate! Of course, the authorities responsible for overseeing the Peruvian heritage-in this case the Ministry of Culture has approved the route "secret" that will travel hundreds of different types of vehicles and thousands of spectators.

To reduce "significantly" the damage caused by the previous version of the Dakar, this time the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture in Lima has reported on the implementation of a campaign signaling paleontological sites. One would think that is a reasonable if only there were previous studies that included evaluation of basic records paleontological localities in the area and its potential fossil content (vertebrates, invertebrates, etc..).

The reality is that these do not exist, and if there Who have completed these studies? Does the private institute mentioning the Ministry academic accreditation to ensure a robust assessment and professional? We received the alarming news that five days of the start of the Dakar rally, the authorities of the Ministry of Culture of the Ica Region would not have been officially informed about the campaign from Lima signaling.

The measure shows ignorance on improvisation and paleontological problems. Ocucaje is the most important fossil site in the world to study the evolution of cetaceans and coastal ecosystems of the Cenozoic Era. There are hundreds in the area of ​​marine vertebrate fossils, some related to current species and other species belonging to very primitive, all scientific invaluable.
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To authorize activities like Ocucaje Dakar should have a systematic database on the extent and location of fossil localities (with its geological, sedimentological and paleoenvironmental) and the average concentration of residues per unit area, content taxonomic, seniority, etc..

For example, for the realization of the stroke and subsequent excavation of the trench a meter wide and two meters deep which will transport gas along the desert Ocucaje paleontological assessments began about two years ago and have not finished. In the current state of knowledge, it would be very difficult to define a route that does not affect the paleontological within Ocucaje desert, even for our team that researches and publishes scientific studies of vertebrates in the area for several years.

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In Chile, serious injury from earlier in the Dakar archaeological sites Atacama and Coquimbo have been reported by the Association of Archaeologists of that country.

For example, evaluations by the National Monuments Council indicate that during the Dakar 2010 was damaged 50% of the archaeological sites that had even with protective measures. In Chile, the destruction of heritage is running in total impunity because the state supports these events.

In our country the case is similar. The State encourages events like Dakar or extractive making prevail "benefit" budget at any cost. It is unfortunate that the valuable resources that nature and history have generously lavished disappear without having even met.

Paleontology is a natural science that studies the remains of organisms (microscopic plants, insects, dinosaurs, etc..) That lived in the past, mainly through fossils. The fossils, biological remains of more than 10,000 years old, lying in sedimentary rocks.

The scientific basis of paleontology are in biology and geology and its interest lies in reconstructing the history of life and evolution of ecosystems of the past. Paleontology differs markedly from archeology (in his subject of study, research methodology and collection processes), the latter in charge of studying the cultural legacy of ancient man.

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:08 PM   #1217
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For a F5 veteran like yourself that is simply not excusable.
It says something about the power of the F5orce that I can contemplate a weekend away during the Dakar. I know I can rely on you lot to get me back up to speed on Sunday evening (albeit I'll be bearing the full brunt of the F5irehose for a few hours catching up).
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:22 PM   #1218
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now we have 35, 40 people working, last year there were 3. When I started the Dakar I finished 9th, then 5th, 4th, 3rd, 3rd, every year better...
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:30 PM   #1219
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Kurt doing a little testing!!


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Old 01-04-2013, 12:40 PM   #1220
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[QUOTE=Baja Dad;20394742]Kurt doing a little testing!!/QUOTE]

Let's hope he's spending a bit of time on the navigating skills, there's no question over his riding ability, but it will be good to see how rally competitive he is against the top boys as it's not that often we see a rally des nations
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:40 PM   #1221
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Will you be using a catheta for your dehydration system and horizontal pee-breaks during the F5 neutral/refueling zones this year...?
But . . . isn't that what we all do to avoid needing to leave the computer?
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:43 PM   #1222
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Plenty of fuel

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Did he say only 30L of fuel?
Is that enough??
His Japacan was hard to understand
31.5L is what the HT Rally Raid kit holds.
http://www.ht-honda-rally-raid.com/?...ke&language=en
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:48 PM   #1223
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There are some fantastic testing pics on Si Paveys site here (well worth a look ).
http://www.simonpavey.com/galleries/1212-2/#
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:52 PM   #1224
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But . . . isn't that what we all do to avoid needing to leave the computer?
Mike get back to work and return your text messages! haha
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:56 PM   #1225
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31.5L is what the HT Rally Raid kit holds.
http://www.ht-honda-rally-raid.com/?...ke&language=en
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:58 PM   #1226
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But . . . isn't that what we all do to avoid needing to leave the computer?
Only the big-budget teams. Some of up privateers simply lay an old shower curtain over the chair.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:00 PM   #1227
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Interesting. -
19.2 litre rear fuel tank with integrated air filter box. Because of its high-quality material and special treatment the rear tank replaces the sub-frame.
Front tank 12.3 litre
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:00 PM   #1228
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Only the big-budget teams. Some of up privateers simply lay an old shower curtain over the chair.
And then some of us just move our computer desk/setup into the shower itself, easier on the cleanup
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #1229
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31.5L is what the HT Rally Raid kit holds.
http://www.ht-honda-rally-raid.com/?...ke&language=en
I hope it is!! Thought I read somewhere most bikes were in the 34-35L range, I'm sure they tested, but real Dakar is different, Hope there EFI magic pixie dust works
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Only the big-budget teams. Some of up privateers simply lay an old shower curtain over the chair.
wayyyyy to much info
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