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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588341358
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 595,037
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Goulding is a rainforest ecologist with the Amazon Conservation Alliance and author of several books, including Floods of Fortune. Ronaldo Barthem is a biologist with the Goeldi Museum in Belém, Brazil. Efrem Ferreira is a fisheries ecologist with the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas de Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil.
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Table of Contents

Preface 10
Acknowledgments 13
1 Diverse Dimensions 15
2 Flow of the Rivers 23
3 Colorful Rivers and Wetlands 41
4 Human Footprints 53
5 Eastern Wetlands: The Amazon Meets the Atlantic 75
6 The Amazon River: The Giant 99
7 The Tocantins: The Dammed River 125
8 The Xingu and Tapajos Rivers: Clearwater Reflections 135
9 The Madeira: South America's Core 147
10 The Purus and Jurua Valleys: Lands of Meandering Rivers 173
11 The Ucayali and Maranon Valleys: In the Shadow of the Andes 183
12 The Northwestern Tributaries Region: Where the Equatorial Amazon and the Andes Meet 201
13 The Negro and the Trombetas: Black and Clear Waters from Ancient Lands 211
14 Conclusion: Everyone Lives Downstream 227
Bibliography 232
Photography Credits 247
Index 248
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