Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Geoscientists arrested in Brazil

Three graduate students from the United States were arrested while conducting fieldwork in the Pantanal region of western Brazil. Two Brazilian students were arrested at the same time, and the entire team had studied and trained at the University of Arizona under Andy Cohen. I am still reading up on this myself, but there is a petition up for us all to sign at the Arizona Geology blog. I came across the news originally in a post by Chuck at Lounge of the Lab Lemming, one of the ten (10) blogs which I just selected to award an "Excellent Blog" award to.

P.S. An earlier post on the Arizona Geology blog indicated that the students were released but are going to have to stand trial in Brazil. According to an article in USA Today authored by Andrea Stone, the students could be stuck in Brazil for months.

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At 12:21 PM , Blogger Rebecca said...

I'm surprised that people would do this, Thanks for bringing this event to my attention

At 8:01 PM , Blogger Don Thieme said...

Rebecca - Are you surprised at what the Brazilian officials did, or what the researchers did?


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