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The Last Rain Forests: A World Conservation Atlas
     

The Last Rain Forests: A World Conservation Atlas

by Mark Collins, David Attenborough (Foreword by)
 

As seen from Skylab a mere ten years ago, the Amazon Basin was a dense expanse of trees stretching from horizon to horizon. Broken only by winding rivers, it was a lush image of endless growth. More recent photographs, however, depict quite a different landscape: a blazing forest enshrouded in a vast cloud of smoke that thinned only at the foot of the Andes.

Overview

As seen from Skylab a mere ten years ago, the Amazon Basin was a dense expanse of trees stretching from horizon to horizon. Broken only by winding rivers, it was a lush image of endless growth. More recent photographs, however, depict quite a different landscape: a blazing forest enshrouded in a vast cloud of smoke that thinned only at the foot of the Andes. Once it was difficult to comprehend the extent of rain forests; now it is hard to comprehend the extent of their destruction. In 1989 alone, more than 55,000 square miles of rain forests were lost around the world: burned for cattle ranching and small-scale farming, flooded by dam projects, plundered for precious ores, timber, and rare species of animals and plants, scarred by roads built by the ravaging invaders. If the present rate of deforestation continues, many rain forests in tropical America, Africa, and Asia will be gone by the end of the next century. In fact, less than .02 percent are currently being managed on a sustainable basis.
The Last Rain Forests is an authoritative, comprehensive, and—with more than 200 full color photographs and maps—stunningly beautiful guide to the people, flora, and fauna of the richest habitats on earth. Prepared in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a consortium of some 500 major conservation organizations across the globe, and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, this is the first popular reference to map the world's rain forests, spell out the problems facing these regions, and propose realistic strategies for ensuring their survival. It discusses in detail what the world's rain forests are, how they work, who lives in them, and why we need them, and explores the threats they face today. The volume then presents a unique, thoroughly up-to-date atlas of more than fifty rain forests, from the Caribbean to Central Africa, from Brazil to Bangladesh. It concludes with concrete proposals for saving these imperiled regions and, ultimately, our planet.
A pictorial feast, an authoritative reference, and a blueprint for change, The Last Rain Forests allows readers to shape informed opinions—and take positive action—on one of the most pressing environmental issues of our day.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The flora and fauna of the tropical rain forests, stunningly beautiful and exciting in their strangeness, are undoubtedly photogenic, and that fact, coupled with the continuing tragic destruction of the forests, has inspired many recent spectacularly illustrated books, such as John Nichol's The Mighty Rain Forest ( LJ 6/15/90), Scott Lewis's The Rainforest Book ( LJ 9/15/90), and Arnold Newman's The Tropi cal Rainforest ( LJ 9/15/90). This one, however, uses well-chosen photographs in addition to diagrams, drawings, and maps to enhance a clear, well-organized text, which gives comprehensive coverage to the many aspects of the rain forest problem. The discussion of the economic dilemmas faced by rain forest inhabitants in a period of rapid change is particularly good. The last chapter, ``The Challenge of Conservation'' (printed in green, perhaps as a symbol of hopeful greening of the rain forests?), does more than many of the titles recently reviewed to identify and explain the conservation measures that are being instituted by rain forest countries and international conservation organizations. The glossary and index are excellent. Because of its comprehensive nature and its careful attention to facts, this volume is recommended for high school as well as adult collections.-- Eleanor Maass, Maass Assocs . , New Milford, Pa.
School Library Journal
YA-- The first reference to map out the world's rain forests, state the problems facing them, and offer realistic proposals for survival. The beautifully illustrated volume provides an up-to-date atlas of more than 50 rain forests worldwide. Although much information is given, the book allows readers to shape their own opinions. It is an excellent resource, with data that is ecologically sound and current.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195208368
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/15/1990
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
9.31(w) x 11.81(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

About the General Editor
Mark Collins is Head of the Habitats Data Unit at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, England. Trained at Oxford University and Imperial College, London, Collins spent a decade living in the tropics of Asia, Latin America, and Africa, and has carried out ecological research in all the world's major rain forests.

The World Conservation Monitoring Centre is a joint venture of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The World Conservation Union (IUCN) was founded in 1948 as the Internatioanl Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. It is an organization of governments, private organizations, research institutions, and conservation agencies in 120 countries.

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