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eBook Through Amazonian Eyes: The Human Ecology of Amazonian Populations ePub

by Emilio F. Moran

  • ISBN: 0877454175
  • Category: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Emilio F. Moran
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Univ of Iowa Pr; Subsequent edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Pages: 230
  • ePub book: 1205 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1930 kb
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Deforestation, epidemic diseases, inappropriate development policies, and a lack of regard for the quality of life on our planet can be listed among the forces responsible for the current situation. There are important differences in the flora, fauna, alluvium, steepness, altitude, soil acidity, and biomass production in these three types of floodplains.

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Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press. Biologia e ecologia humana na Amaz^ onia: Avaliac¸~ ao e perspectivas.

In the final years of the twentieth century we live with omnipresent worries. Will the Amazonian forests survive current deforestation trends? Will Amazonia's native populations survive the spread of diseases and the expropriation of traditional territories? Will the promise of biotechnology ever be fulfilled, given the genetic losses we are experiencing? Will scientists find new chemical substances in the forests of Amazonia to cure diseases heretofore incurable or yet unknown? Will we learn to use, rather than thoughtlessly destroy, the thousands of tropical species that we now consider without value? Will we invest in agronomic research to find ways to achieve sustainable cultivation in the humid tropics? In June 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the world was finally ready to ask these questions.In this well-written, comprehensive, reasonable yet passionate volume, Emilio Moran introduces us to the range of human and ecological diversity in the Amazon Basin. Beginning with a description of its Indian and peasant populations and their knowledge of their environment, he describes the Amazon's widely contrasting ecosystems, their ecological variations, and the human strategies of resource use workable within each environment. Every ecosystem - from upland forests to floodplains, savannas to blackwater rivers - offers opportunities as well as limitations; each has unique characteristics that can be used advantageously or resisted at great cost.By describing the complex heterogeneity of the Amazon's ecological mosaic and its indigenous populations' conscious adaptations to this diversity, Moran leads us to realize that there are strategies of resource use which do not destroy the structure and function of ecosystems. Finally, and most important, he examines ways in which we might benefit from the study of human ecology to design and implement a balance between conservation and use.Through Amazonian Eyes shows that the traditional inhabitants of Amazonia, the Indian and the coboclo, exhibit greater understanding of its diversity than do most outsiders. Anyone working on the human ecology of the Amazon Basin and anyone concerned with the survival of all species will want to read this book.