Palms in Forest Ecosystems of Amazonia

  • Francis Kahn
  • Jean-Jacques de Granville

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 95)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 1-4
  3. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 5-12
  4. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 13-39
  5. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 41-89
  6. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 115-128
  7. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 129-154
  8. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 155-167
  9. Francis Kahn, Jean-Jacques de Granville
    Pages 169-172
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 173-226

About this book

Introduction

Palms are tropical miracles. Heinrich Heine, the German poet, stated "Unter den Palmen wandert man nicht ungestraft", i.e., one does not wander unpunished under the palms. It was Professor H.C.D. de Wit who taught me this in the late 1950s, and it is a pleasure to forward this message to the next generation in such an appropriate book. Both authors, as I know them, will bear the punishment of the palms. They will never be without palm nostalgia if and when living somewhere outside this world's tropical and subtropical palm belt. Palm nostalgia goes further than palms alone. It concerns the landscape, the short but splendid sunsets and last, but not least, the tropical people. Their elegance of living, structured in subtler ways than managers will ever understand, their laughter which may be a more decisive weapon against the troubles besetting the tropics than mere economics, and their unique life force erupting on festive as well as sad occasions under the palms will always remain with those who w3)ldered beneath these trees. I know. I was there.

Keywords

Amazonia Amazonien Ecosystems Flora Forst-Management Palmen Palms Tropische Oekosysteme ecosystem forest forest management growth radiation soil tropical forests

Authors and affiliations

  • Francis Kahn
    • 1
  • Jean-Jacques de Granville
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut Français de Recherche ScientifiquePour le Développement en Coopération (ORSTOM)Lima 18Peru
  2. 2.Institut Français de Recherche ScientifiquePour le Développement en Coopération (ORSTOM)Cayenne cédexFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-76852-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-76854-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-76852-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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