The Amazon River Forest: A Natural History of Plants, Animals and People

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This important book, based both on field observations carried out over the past quarter century and historical material, demonstrates that k nowledge possessed by area dwellers offers vital insights for promotin g the sound economic development of the floodplain. Nigel Smith argues for the importance of balance between land-use systems, and suggests that research and development should be realigned to incorporate both modern science and traditional systems. Beautifully illustrated with t he author's own photographs, this authoritative volume explores a broa d range of ecological, historical, cultural, and socioeconomic issues, and offers practical suggestions for developing the floodplain that e nhance, rather than destroy, biodiversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195126839
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,207,273
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Smith is Professor of Geography at the University of Florida. He has conducted field work in Amazonia for over a quarter of a century, and traveled widely in other parts of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. The author of a dozen books, Smith consults with various organizations, including the World Bank, on sound practices for conservation and development.

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Table of Contents

1 Biodiversity as a Cornerstone for Agricultural Intensification 3
2 The Ebb and Flow of Cultures 15
3 A Forest Cornucopia 47
4 The Emergence and Impact of Livestock Raising 83
5 Islands in the Sun 111
6 A Harvest for All Seasons 139
7 Restoring a Threatened Paradise 155
App. A Common and Scientific Names of Plants 167
App. B Common and Scientific Names of Animals 171
App. C Seventy-nine Varieties of Bitter Manioc Cultivated in the Brazilian Amazon 173
App. D Twenty-two Varieties of Sweet Manioc Cultivated in the Brazilian Amazon 177
App. E Ninety-three Plant Species Growing in Twenty-two Home Gardens on the Amazon Floodplain 179
Notes 181
Further Reading 185
Index 201
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