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Researchers Document Congo River Basin

For more than a year, a 43-year-old American biologist named J. Michael Fay and a research team hiked across central Africa. They traveled 2,000 kilometers through the region's dense forests.

J. Michael Fay and his colleagues surveyed the land and the wildlife of the Congo River Basin. They wanted to chronicle an ecosystem that was unspoiled and untouched by humanity. They wanted the world to see the Congo River Basin before its animals and plants came under threat from civilization.

This project known as the Megatransect is over, and J. Michael Fay is back in the United States. On this edition of Dateline, he spoke with VOA's Erin Brummet about just what kind of project the Megatransect was.

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