The Amazon: River in a Rain Forest

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Since ancient times, rivers have shaped the course of human history. Serving as entryways into new lands for explorers, great civilizations often developed along their banks. Today, rivers are just as vital for transportation, creating hydroelectricity, and supplying water. What steps are being taken to protect the world's great rivers from these human activities?

Sometimes called a "river sea," the Amazon River carries a greater volume of water than any other river in the ...

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Overview

Since ancient times, rivers have shaped the course of human history. Serving as entryways into new lands for explorers, great civilizations often developed along their banks. Today, rivers are just as vital for transportation, creating hydroelectricity, and supplying water. What steps are being taken to protect the world's great rivers from these human activities?

Sometimes called a "river sea," the Amazon River carries a greater volume of water than any other river in the world. Surrounded by the world's largest tropical rain forest, it is home to thousands of kinds of plants and animals. These species, as well as the indigenous people who have lived off of the river for thousands of years, are being threatened by deforestation and pollution. What efforts are under way to save this great river and the Amazon rain forest?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
With a greater volume of water than any other river in the world, the Amazon is sometimes described as an ocean of water. Many plants, insects, animals, and people call the Amazon River basin home, whether near its banks or in the rain forest that surrounds it. From one small stream high in the Andes Mountains, the mighty Amazon is formed though the convergence of approximately 15,000 tributaries. The diverse and fragile beauty of the Amazon is conveyed through well-researched facts and colorful photographs and maps in this nonfiction picture book, which is one title in the "Rivers Around the World" series. Aloian traces the region's history from the earliest explorers, who reportedly fought against female warriors and thus named the area after the ancient Greek Amazon soldiers, to the modern issues of habitat destruction and environmental conservation. Information about indigenous people and practices as well as modern influences such as hydroelectricity presents a balanced look at a complex and vast geographic area. The book includes a table of contents, index, time line, glossary, chart comparing the world's rivers, and information on additional resources. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778774655
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Rivers Around the World Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 992,010
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Amazing Amazon 4

Chapter 2 On Course 8

Chapter 3 Living in the Amazon 14

Chapter 4 Travel and Commerce 20

Chapter 5 An Amazon at Risk? 24

Comparing the World's Rivers 28

Timeline 29

Glossary 30

Find Out More 31

Index 32

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