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Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon - 03 edition

Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9781588341358

ISBN10: 1588341356

Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon by Lilly, Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem and Efrem Ferreira - ISBN 9781588341358
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Published: 2003
International: No
Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon by Lilly, Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem and Efrem Ferreira - ISBN 9781588341358

ISBN13: 9781588341358

ISBN10: 1588341356

Summary

From headwaters high in the Andes 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. More water moves through the Amazon than any other river in the world; it is a giant hydraulic system that drains almost 40 percent of South America. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its 13 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.

Surely a benchmark in the rising fight for preservation of this mighty river, The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon will undoubtedly be the standard source for years to come.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1 Diverse Dimensions
2 Flow of the Rivers
3 Colorful Rivers and Wetlands
4 Human Footprints
5 Eastern Wetlands: The Amazon Meets the Atlantic
6 The Amazon River: The Giant
7 The Tocantins: The Dammed River
8 The Xingu and Tapajos Rivers: Clearwater Reflections
9 The Madeira: South America's Core
10 The Purus and Jurua Valleys: Lands of Meandering Rivers
11 The Ucayali and Maranon Valleys: In the Shadow of the Andes
12 The Northwestern Tributaries Region: Where the Equatorial Amazon and the Andes Meet
13 The Negro and the Trombetas: Black and Clear Waters from Ancient Lands
14 Conclusion: Everyone Lives Downstream

Bibliography
Photography Credits
Index

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