Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon / Edition 1

Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon / Edition 1

by Michael Goulding
     
 

ISBN-10: 1588341356

ISBN-13: 9781588341358

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world's greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300 vivid photographs provide spectacular views of the

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The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world's greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300 vivid photographs provide spectacular views of the river and rainforest. Along the way, the authors explore many intriguing topics such as why some of the Amazon’s tributaries have black water, what happens when the freshwater of the Amazon reaches the salty ocean, and why we all should be concerned about the deforestation that contributes to the loss of species biodiversity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588341358
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface10
Acknowledgments13
1Diverse Dimensions15
2Flow of the Rivers23
3Colorful Rivers and Wetlands41
4Human Footprints53
5Eastern Wetlands: The Amazon Meets the Atlantic75
6The Amazon River: The Giant99
7The Tocantins: The Dammed River125
8The Xingu and Tapajos Rivers: Clearwater Reflections135
9The Madeira: South America's Core147
10The Purus and Jurua Valleys: Lands of Meandering Rivers173
11The Ucayali and Maranon Valleys: In the Shadow of the Andes183
12The Northwestern Tributaries Region: Where the Equatorial Amazon and the Andes Meet201
13The Negro and the Trombetas: Black and Clear Waters from Ancient Lands211
14Conclusion: Everyone Lives Downstream227
Bibliography232
Photography Credits247
Index248

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