Darwin's Nightmare

Darwin's Nightmare - Jennifer Chinn Writing 2 Batchelor MW...

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Jennifer Chinn Writing 2/ Batchelor/ MW 5:00 1/16/08 In the documentary, Darwin’s Nightmare , we witness Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world, slowly transforming into a barren body of water due to the presence of one species of fish. Introduced by the Europeans in the late 1950’s, the Nile Perch maliciously preys on algae and species in its area, including its own. Not only does this problem nearly eliminate the fish of the lake, a major food source for the Tanzanian people, but it also creates an inhospitable environment due to the lack of algae and thus, lack of oxygen. The Nile Perch serves primarily as a trading resource for Tanzania with Europe and Japan. Unfortunately, these Eastern countries rarely bring any resources to reimburse the poor and desperate Tanzania, and when they do, they usually bring weapons. Because Tanzania pawns off most of its food and receives very little in return, it is left with hunger and malnutrition. The documentary displays the emaciated citizens
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WRIT 2 taught by Professor Gahan during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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