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Floods of Fortune
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As the depredation of the planet's greatest storehouse of biodiversity-the Amazon region-continues apace, it is vitally important to understand the implications of the immense devastation the area has undergone. Describing the stunning diversity of plant an animal life found in and along the rivers, and showing how this wealth is being plundered, Floods of Fortune offers the first holistic view of the conservation drama unfolding in the Amazonian floodplain. Enriched with nearly 100 beautiful and arrested color photographs as well as an investigation of the cultural history of the region's human habitation, the book helps readers comprehend the complex environmental and social problems associated with Amazonian development and offers solutions that reconcile development with conservation.
Book News Annotation:
Looks at the development and conservation of the Amazonian floodplain, examining aspects such as people, culture, ecology, and economy in a broad historical context. Describes the diversity of plant and animal life found in and along the rivers, and details how various human populations have used the rivers and floodplains from the earliest human habitation to the present. Includes color photos of wildlife of the area and of rural peoples and their regional economy, and an appendix of common and scientific names of plants and animals.
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Illustrated with more than seventy extraordinary color photographs, Floods of Fortune offers the first holistic view of the development and conservation drama unfolding on the Amazonian floodplain. Floods of Fortune describes the stunning diversity of plant and animal life found in and along the rivers, and shows how this wealth is being plundered. Readers will also learn about the Amazon's cultural history, from its earliest human habitation to the present, and how various populations have used the rivers and flood plains. Much needed and long overdue, Floods of Fortune helps us grasp the issues and understand the immense devastation the Amazon region has undergone - and the global implications of that destruction. The authors address the difficult questions and offer solutions that reconcile development with conservation. Floods of Fortune will be imperative reading for anyone who cares about our world and preserving its biological diversity and ecological viability.
< P> Enriched with nearly 100 beautiful color photographs, < I> Floods of Fortune< /I> offers the first holistic view of the conservation drama unfolding in the Amazonian floodplain.< /P>
Enriched with nearly 100 beautiful color photographs, "Floods of Fortune" offers the first holistic view of the conservation drama unfolding in the Amazonian floodplain.
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