Search Results for "amazonia"

Amazonia: Landscape and Species Evolution

Amazonia: Landscape and Species Evolution

A Look into the Past

  • Author: Carina Hoorn,Frank Wesselingh
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1444360256
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 464
  • View: 2129
DOWNLOAD NOW »
The book focuses on geological history as the critical factor in determining the present biodiversity and landscapes of Amazonia. The different driving mechanisms for landscape evolution are explored by reviewing the history of the Amazonian Craton, the associated sedimentary basins, and the role of mountain uplift and climate change. This book provdes an insight into the Meso- and Cenozoic record of Amazonia that was characterized by fluvial and long-lived lake systems and a highly diverse flora and fauna. This fauna includes giants such as the ca. 12 m long caiman Purussaurus, but also a varied fish fauna and fragile molluscs, whilst fossil pollen and spores form relics of ancestral swamps and rainforests. Finally, a review the molecular datasets of the modern Amazonian rainforest and aquatic ecosystem, discussing the possible relations between the origin of Amazonian species diversity and the palaeogeographic, palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental evolution of northern South America. The multidisciplinary approach in evaluating the history of Amazonia has resulted in a comprehensive volume that provides novel insights into the evolution of this region.

In Amazonia

In Amazonia

A Natural History

  • Author: Hugh Raffles
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400865271
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 320
  • View: 3726
DOWNLOAD NOW »
The Amazon is not what it seems. As Hugh Raffles shows us in this captivating and innovative book, the world's last great wilderness has been transformed again and again by human activity. In Amazonia brings to life an Amazon whose allure and reality lie as much, or more, in what people have made of it as in what nature has wrought. It casts new light on centuries of encounter while describing the dramatic remaking of a sweeping landscape by residents of one small community in the Brazilian Amazon. Combining richly textured ethnographic research and lively historical analysis, Raffles weaves a fascinating story that changes our understanding of this region and challenges us to rethink what we mean by "nature." Raffles draws from a wide range of material to demonstrate--in contrast to the tendency to downplay human agency in the Amazon--that the region is an outcome of the intimately intertwined histories of humans and nonhumans. He moves between a detailed narrative that analyzes the production of scientific knowledge about Amazonia over the centuries and an absorbing account of the extraordinary transformations to the fluvial landscape carried out over the past forty years by the inhabitants of Igarapé Guariba, four hours downstream from the nearest city. Engagingly written, theoretically inventive, and vividly illustrated, the book introduces a diverse range of characters--from sixteenth-century explorers and their native rivals to nineteenth-century naturalists and contemporary ecologists, logging company executives, and river-traders. A natural history of a different kind, In Amazonia shows how humans, animals, rivers, and forests all participate in the making of a region that remains today at the center of debates in environmental politics.

Pueblos Y Paisajes Antiguos de la Selva Amazónica

Pueblos Y Paisajes Antiguos de la Selva Amazónica

  • Author: Gaspar Morcote Ríos,Santiago Mora Camargo
  • Publisher: Univ. Nacional de Colombia
  • ISBN: 9789587017687
  • Category: Amazon River Region
  • Page: 415
  • View: 5805
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Un camino al diálogo, un paso hacia el passado: pueblos y paisajes antiguos de la selva amazónica. Bases para una prehistoria ecologica amazonica y el caso Chiribiquete. Filiaciones amerindias amazónicas y lengua Tikuna. Domesticação de paisagens e plantas amazônicas: a interação de etnobotânica, genética molecular e arqueologia. Investigações arqueológicas nas áreas de interflúvio entre os rios Negro e Solimões, Amazônia Central, Brasil. Padrões de organização comunitária no Baixo Tapajós: o formativo na área de Santarém, Brasil. Population and biodiversity in Amazonian dark earths soils. An Amazonian dark earth profile description from a site located in the floodplain (várzea) in the Brazilian Amazon...

Amazonia

Amazonia

  • Author: James Rollins
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1409136426
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 528
  • View: 5452
DOWNLOAD NOW »
From the author of ALTAR OF EDEN and MAP OF BONES comes another fantastic mystery adventure, this time set deep in the Amazon jungle. Out of the inhospitable Amazon rainforest a man stumbles into a missionary village. Soon the CIA operative and former Special Forces soldier, his eyes wide with terror, is dead. The photograph of Agent Clark's corpse in the Brazilian morgue shows two intact upper limbs, yet Agent Clark had only one arm, the other lost to a sniper's bullet. Nathan Rand's father led a scientific mission into the rainforest and never returned - the same expedition that took Clark into the jungle. Now Nate is to follow the elder Rand's trail, along with a team of scientists and experienced US Rangers. For somewhere in the dark, impenetrable depths of Earth's most dangerous region lie mysteries that must be solved...whatever the cost. As Nate Rand and his party push on into the jungle, they are haunted by a truth: that they are not alone. But each step brings the team closer to an ancient, unspoken terror that even the native people dread. As madness, fear and horrific death descend upon the second cursed expedition, those still living must confront a power beyond human imagining - one that can for ever alter the world beyond the dark, lethal confines of the Amazon rainforest for better...and for worse.

Developing Amazonia

Developing Amazonia

Deforestation and Social Conflict in Brazil's Carajàs Programme

  • Author: Anthony L. Hall
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • ISBN: 9780719035500
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 303
  • View: 4205
DOWNLOAD NOW »
This study of the Grande Carajas programme, the largest project in the Amazon rainforest, is central to the debate on its future and fate. The social and environmental costs of the programme are examined here.

El agua y la vida en la Amazonía

El agua y la vida en la Amazonía

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fishing
  • Page: 163
  • View: 7924
DOWNLOAD NOW »

Amazônia E Defesa Nacional

Amazônia E Defesa Nacional

  • Author: Celso Castro
  • Publisher: FGV Editora
  • ISBN: 9788522505548
  • Category: Amazon River Region
  • Page: 169
  • View: 3010
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Nas duas décadas que se seguiram ao fim do regime militar no Brasil, a Amazônia assumiu crescente importância no cenário da defesa nacional. Este livro é uma contribuição ao desenvolvimento dos estudos sobre defesa no meio acadêmico civil, trazendo a colaboração de pesquisadores da área de ciências sociais que atuam em diferentes universidades e centros de pesquisa.

Histories and Historicities in Amazonia

Histories and Historicities in Amazonia

  • Author: Neil L. Whitehead
  • Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
  • ISBN: 9780803248052
  • Category: History
  • Page: 236
  • View: 9014
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Anthropologist Neil L. Whitehead presents a collection of recent fieldwork and the latest theoretical perspectives that illuminate how a range of Native communities in the Amazon River basin, and those they encounter, use the past to make sense of their world and themselves. In recent decades, scholars have become increasingly aware of the role the past plays in the construction of culture and identity. Not only can the past be represented and codified overtly in various ways and media as a history, it also operates more fundamentally and pervasively in cultures as a mode of consciousness or way of thinking about the world, a historicity. ø In addition to examining the particular foundations and significance of history and historicity in such communities as the Guaj¾, Wapishana, Dekuana, and Patamuna, the contributors to this volume consider more broadly how different natural and cultural features can help shape historical consciousness: landscape and territory; rituals such as feasting; genealogy and kinship; and even the practice of archaeology. Also of interest are activist uses of historicity to promote and legitimize the cultural integrity and political agendas of Native communities, especially in contact situations past and present where multiple and often competing forms of history and historicity play important political roles in articulating relations between colonizers and the colonized. ø As this volume makes clear, understanding the powerful cultural role of the past helps scholars better appreciate the inherent dynamic quality of all cultures and recognize a rich resource of agency that can be used both to comprehend and to transform the present

Ergativity in Amazonia

Ergativity in Amazonia

  • Author: Spike Gildea,Francisco Queixalós
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
  • ISBN: 9027206708
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 319
  • View: 5929
DOWNLOAD NOW »
This volume presents a typological/theoretical introduction plus eight papers about ergative alignment in 16 Amazonian languages. All are written by linguists with years of fieldwork and comparative experience in the region, all describe details of the synchronic systems, and several also provide diachronic insight into the evolution of these systems. The five papers in Part I focus on languages from four larger families with ergative patterns primarily in morphology. The typological contribution is in detailed consideration of unusual splits, changes in ergative patterns, and parallels between ergative main clauses and nominalizations. The three papers in Part II discuss genetically isolated languages. Two present dominant ergative patterns in both morphology and syntax, the other a syntactic inverse system that is predominantly ergative in discourse. In each, the authors demonstrate that identification of traditional grammatical relations is problematic. These data will figure in all future typological and theoretical debates about grammatical relations.

Cruda Realidad

Cruda Realidad

Petróleo, Devastación Y Resistencia en la Amazonía

  • Author: Lou Dematteis,Kayana Szymczak
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 128
  • View: 9144
DOWNLOAD NOW »
An indigenous community's landmark legal case to hold Chevron accountable for its contamination of the Amazon