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The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon [Hardcover]

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Pages   253
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9.5" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   2.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2003
Publisher   Smithsonian Books
ISBN  1588341356  
EAN  9781588341358  

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The authoritative illustrated atlas of the Amazon features 150 color maps and three hundred vibrant photographs bringing this great river and its thirteen major tributaries to life. (Ecology & Environment)

Publishers Description
The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world's greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300 vivid photographs provide spectacular views of the river and rainforest. Along the way, the authors explore many intriguing topics such as why some of the Amazon's tributaries have black water, what happens when the freshwater of the Amazon reaches the salty ocean, and why we all should be concerned about the deforestation that contributes to the loss of species biodiversity.
Michael Goulding is a rainforest ecologist with the Amazon Conservation Alliance and author of several books, including Floods of Fortune. Ronaldo Barthem is a biologist with the Goeldi Museum in Belém, Brazil. Efrem Ferreira is a fisheries ecologist with the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas de Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil.

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Great Book  Jan 1, 2008
This is a great book. It has a lot of interesting information regarding the this site region and a lot of good pictures to go along with the info.
An atlas it's not  Nov 5, 2006
An atlas is generally defined as a collection of maps and charts. Calling the Smithsonian Atlas of the this site an "atlas" is a bit of a stretch. It is more a compilation of statistics about the region; useful and interesting to be sure, but not an "atlas" in the conventional sense. I was looking for detailed maps and charts of the region. You will not find them in this "atlas."
The Atlas of the this site is the best comprehensive view of the many different natural and social aspects that emcompass the this site river basin. It does a thorough job of describing the natural environment and the differences between sub-regions.

Unfortunately, the entire this site is altogether too large and too diverse for a single volume such as this one, but I believe that it does reasonably well at condensing some of the main aspects and choosing specific themes to focus on. For example, the book focuses on the geology of the reason, explaining the differences in river color by showing the different origins of the rivers (there are yellow, black, green, and transparent waters). Additionally, the book singled out the lifecyle of local catfish, that crisscross the region by their feeding and breeding habits.

One of the outstanding qualities of this book is the images, which try to do justice to the beauty of the region. Through the pictures, one can tell the deep differences between the sub-regions; some are mountainous, some are planes, some are swamps, in some places the forest is denser, etc.

If you are planning a visit to the this site, or have a strong interest in the this siteian ecosystem, this may be the best book available today. I strongly recommend it.

A must have atlas of the Amazon Basin  Jan 17, 2004
This is simply the best atlas I have ever reviewed on the subject of riverine hydrology, and presents the huge scope of the this site Basin (not just the river itself but all of the contributory watersheds)in a wonderful mix of maps, photographs and accompanying text. As an environmental engineer and scientist who routinely works with production of this type of document, I am very impressed with the level of detail, and the very reasonable cost of an atlas of such quality. If you are interested in the hydrology and ecosystems of the this site, this atlas is for you....
Good effort, but far from comprehensive  Dec 2, 2003
While thorough in some areas, such as its discussion of sedimentation and flow volume river by river, this atlas of the this site is sorely lacking in others. Some examples: while major tributaries are named, many large ones that are minor only by this siteian standards are never named. Despite the fact that many maps cover significant mountainous areas, including the Andes, none of the maps are colored to show altitude, which would greatly help the reader in visualizing the direction and rate of riverine flow.

Too few cities are shown on the maps, and then only on some. Cities that are mentioned as being in a map area are sometimes not shown on the relevant map at all. Other items significant to an atlas are completely omitted. Areas used for cattle ranching, rice growing, etc., are mentioned, but there are no maps that delineate them. Such areas are only shown as "deforested". Important roads, such as Pucallpa-Lima, are not labeled. Important proposed roads are referred to, but their routes are not shown. With the exception of Macchu Picchu, important archeological sites are mentioned but not shown. Contentious oil discoveries are discussed, but their locations are not shown on any maps, nor are the relevant pipelines. On page 213, protected-reserved areas are shown via three separate maps, but the areas are not combined, which would give a clearer picture of how much of the region being discussed (Rio Negro) is actually under some form of protection.

Writing tends to the repetitious. Despite the biological diversity of the this site basin, virtually no photos of indigenous wildlife are included. Some photos look like low-rez digital shots that have been enlarged too much. A couple are notably blurry.
A useful reference book to be sure, but far from definitive.


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