The Pantanal of Mato Grosso (Brazil): World's Largest Wetlands

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Until now there has never been a monograph devoted to the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland. The subject has received scant attention in the international literature, so a number of scattered Portuguese papers are reviewed for an English-language readership. The book presents a broad treatment of the Pantanal, ranging from geology to flora, fauna, and the human presence. The publication of this book is most timely, and will be of crucial importance in decisions affecting the...

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Overview

Until now there has never been a monograph devoted to the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland. The subject has received scant attention in the international literature, so a number of scattered Portuguese papers are reviewed for an English-language readership. The book presents a broad treatment of the Pantanal, ranging from geology to flora, fauna, and the human presence. The publication of this book is most timely, and will be of crucial importance in decisions affecting the ambitious project for a second South American inland Waterway.

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The first comprehensive study in English of Brazil's Pantanal of Mato Grosso, the largest wetlands in the world and home for an amazing variety of plant and animal life. Por (evolution and ecology, The Hebrew U. of Jerusalem) does a great service by presenting this volume as the Pantanal's bordering countries seek to open a waterway at the Rio Paraguay which will, of course, affect this environmentally rich area. The author provides a history of its discovery by the Europeans, and slides up the evolutionary scale by presenting information on the Pantanal's geological data, climate, hydrochemistry, aquatic vegetation, terrestrial vegetation, aquatic meiofauna, fisheries, herpetofauna, avifauna, mammmals, and humans. The final sections regarding environmental issues and ecotourism are of particular value to readers interested in nature conservancy. Includes maps, illustrations, and photographs which are beautiful even in poorly produced black and white. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792334811
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Monographiae Biologicae Series , #73
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 125
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Discovery 3
3 Limit and size 5
4 Geological data 8
5 Local geomorphological terminology 14
6 The Climate 16
7 River hydrology 19
8 The Amazonian connection 22
9 The flood regime 23
10 The Pantanal lakes 28
11 Hydrochemistry 31
12 Soils 34
13 How many Pantanals? 34
14 Regional connections 37
15 Introduction to the biology of the Pantanal 38
16 Phytogeography 41
17 Aquatic vegetation 44
18 Terrestrial vegetation 50
19 Fire in the Pantanal 57
20 Zoogeography 58
21 Aquatic meiofauna 60
22 Macrobenthos 64
23 Ichthyofauna 65
24 Pantanal fisheries 71
25 The herpetofauna 72
26 The avifauna 77
27 The mammals 84
28 The humans in the Pantanal 89
29 Environmental worries 98
30 Nature conservancy and ecotourism 100
Taxonomic glossary 111
Geographical and ethnographic index 118
Subject index 120
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