Amazonian Rain Forests

Ecosystem Disturbance and Recovery

  • Carl F. Jordan

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Carl F. Jordan
      Pages 1-8
  3. Case Studies

    1. Carl F. Jordan
      Pages 9-23
    2. Juan G. Saldarriaga
      Pages 24-33
    3. Geoffrey A. J. Scott
      Pages 34-45
    4. Robert J. Buschbacher
      Pages 46-57
    5. Charles E. Russell
      Pages 76-89
    6. Robert J. Buschbacher, Christopher Uhl, E. A. S. Serrão
      Pages 90-99
    7. Carl F. Jordan
      Pages 100-121
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 122-133

About this book

Introduction

DEVELOPMENT AND DISTURBANCE IN AMAZON FORESTS Contrasting Impressions 6 2 The rain forests of the Amazon Basin cover approximately 5.8 x 10 km (Salati and Vose 1984). Flying over even just part of this basin, one gazes hour after hour upon this seemingly infinite blanket of green. The impression of immen­ sity is similar when viewed from the Amazon River itself, or from its tributar­ ies. From a hammock on the shaded deck of a riverboat, the immensity of the forest presents an incredible monotony as one view of the shoreline blends unnoticeably into another. From both perspectives, the overwhelming reaction to the sea of trees that stretches from horizon to horizon is a sense of the vastness of the rain forest. In September 1985, I got a different impression of the rain forest. Several students and I journeyed in a self-propelled car along the single-track railroad that stretches almost 1000 km from the Carajas iron ore mine in the rain forest of Para State, Brazil, all the way to Sao Luis on the coast (Fig. 1.1).

Keywords

Agroecology Deforestation Plantation ecology ecosystem environment forest forestry

Editors and affiliations

  • Carl F. Jordan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of EcologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-4658-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9102-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4658-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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