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, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 89–101 | Cite as

Studies on hydrobiogeochemistry of a tropical lowland forest system

  • Brinkmann W. L. F. 
South America —Natural Resources and Regional Development

Abstract

Ecological studies on rainforest in the central Amazon combine the analysis of environmental factors, which affect and are affected by the natural rainforest, and the nutrient balance of the forest biome. The natural rainforest is a highly sensitive climax system, whose quasi-steady state conditions are determined by the abundance and availability of micro- and macro-nutrients, the continuous but low flux of energy and bioelements through the various compartments, the pool of energy and nutrients in the standing crop of the rainforest and the multiple interactions and loops among species, matrices and environment.

Large parts of the natural rainforest in the Amazon are being transferred to man-managed land-use schemes, mainly ranch land. The vast and uncontrolled clearing of the rainforest will partially disturb and in some cases destroy the potential of the area for long term natural and even man-managed ecosystems.

Keywords

Environmental Factor Environmental Management State Condition Ecological Study Standing Crop 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brinkmann W. L. F. 
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich GeowissenschaftenJ. W. Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt am MainFR Germany

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