mid-eighteenth century, Joa ̃o Daniel, a Jesuit missionary and a keen observer of
natural history and people's customs, was impressed with the splendor of palms
he observed during his 16 year sojourn in the Brazilian Amazon: Among the ...
Author: Nigel Smith
This book explores the degree to which landscapes have been enriched with palms by human activities and the importance of palms for the lives of people in the region today and historically. Palms are a prominent feature of many landscapes in Amazonia, and they are important culturally, economically, and for a variety of ecological roles they play. Humans have been reorganizing the biological furniture in the region since the first hunters and gatherers arrived over 20,000 years ago.
The palms are among the most abundant, diverse, and important families of plants found in the Amazon. Based on extensive field work, this book provides a systematic treatment of all palms that occur naturally in the Amazon region.
Author: Andrew Henderson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
The palms are among the most abundant, diverse, and important families of plants found in the Amazon. Based on extensive field work, this book provides a systematic treatment of all palms that occur naturally in the Amazon region. Each species is exhaustively described with reviews of their distribution, habitat, and ecology. Introductory chapters describe the physical setting of the Amazon region as well as on the biogeography and ecology of the palm family. This first modern treatment of the 135 species of Amazon palms provides a definitive account of their ecology, uses, and biogeography. It will be welcomed by students, teachers, and researchers of botany, ecology, agronomy, and conservation biology.
Threats to palm forest in Amazonia and other regions Rural people throughout
South America also harvest large ... Mauritia flexuosa palms occur in virtually
monotypic stands in the Peruvian Amazon and account for approximately 2.35 %
Author: James Oglethorpe
Descended from a long and ancient lineage, tapirs are important tropical forest seed dispersers. However, all species are threatened to various degrees by habitat destruction and hunting. Written for wildlife biologists, ecologists, administrators, educators and local conservation officials in countries with tapir populations, its objective is to aid in their conservation by catalyzing conservation action. Providing a brief natural history of each species, it is additionally hoped that the contents of the Plan will stimulate further research into this fascinating group of animals.
A Historical Ecology of People and Their Landscapes William Balée. eral plots
ofterrafirrne dense forest in the ... Palm Forests Palms (Arecaceae) are among
the most frequently noted disturbance indicators on Amazonian archaeological
Author: William L. Balée
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Winner of the Society for Economic Botany's Mary W. Klinger Book Award. Cultural Forests of the Amazon is a comprehensive and diverse account of how indigenous people transformed landscapes and managed resources in the most extensive region of tropical forests in the world. Until recently, most scholars and scientists, as well as the general public, thought indigenous people had a minimal impact on Amazon forests, once considered to be total wildernesses. William Balé e’ s research, conducted over a span of three decades, shows a more complicated truth. In Cultural Forests of the Amazon, he argues that indigenous people, past and present, have time and time again profoundly transformed nature into culture. Moreover, they have done so using their traditional knowledge and technology developed over thousands of years. Balé e demonstrates the inestimable value of indigenous knowledge in providing guideposts for a potentially less destructive future for environments and biota in the Amazon. He shows that we can no longer think about species and landscape diversity in any tropical forest without taking into account the intricacies of human history and the impact of all forms of knowledge and technology. Balé e describes the development of his historical ecology approach in Amazonia, along with important material on little-known forest dwellers and their habitats, current thinking in Amazonian historical ecology, and a narrative of his own dialogue with the Amazon and its people.
Today, there are still areas with large populations of trees planted by pre-
Columbian people, especially in the southwest. These include rubber trees,
brazil nuts, cocoa trees, and maripa palms. “People arrived in the Amazon at
least 10,000 ...
Author: Andrea Pelleschi
Category: Adventure and adventurers
This book examines how researchers are learning about the rain forest's plants and animals, what discoveries are being made in the Amazon, and how people are working to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Hunting The work of men , hunting is carried out primarily with a bow and arrow
or , among some tribes , a blowpipe . The bows are made from the strong ,
flexible wood of palms , with bowstrings fashioned from braided palm fibres .
Arrows are ...
Author: Roger Harris
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
This new edition has been completely revised with updated information on hotels, lodges and tour operators. It contains a detailed and illustrated natural history section on native species and habitats. The Amazon is an ideal location for eco-travellers, naturalists, sports enthusiasts and explorers. Travellers are given sound advice on responsible travel and planning their own expedition.
focused much of his efforts on palms . He lived with Indian tribes and developed
a profound understanding of the interdependence of palms and people in the Amazon Valley . This relationship was expressed in a small book , Palm Trees of
It is at the local level that one learns to appreciate the ubiquitous presence of palms in Amazonian life . People tend , search , exchange , and fight for the right
to use their resource — from fine fibers to sturdy trunks , and from sentimental
A single stump remained attached to each palm , the briefest remnant of a thumb
. For a second , Mother Henriette rested her jutting chin on the woman ' s head : “
This is my beloved Antonia . She has been here longest . She looks after all the ...
On those burning sandy wastes , those Fan Palms , with their pale and drooping
leaves , are like " footprints , " that many ... In the flooded lands , the “ gapo ” or
mouth of the Amazon , we read of " a virgin forest of lofty trees , whose stems are
Assuming a two percent population growth rate changes these figures only
slightly so that the palms last until 2001 and the forest until 2003 . Since at a 3 .
25 percent annual rate of increase the population exceeds 1000 by the year
2000 , it ...
... bite and devour one another , On those burning sandy wastes , those Fan Palms , with their pale and drooping leaves ... In the flooded lands , the " gapo ”
or mouth of the Amazon , we read of " a virgin forest of lofty trees , whose stems
Pálms of the Amazon Once again we will offer a Palm Tour of the Amazon . This
tour is ... These people use an amazing variety of palms in their daily lives , and
always know of some interesting palm that grows “ not far away ” ! Frequent
Palms are conspicuous in landscapes along the Amazon and many of themsuch
as the jauari , the marajá , the pupunharana , and the urucuri - anchor fish ...
Jauari Palm People collect the fruit of jauari palm for fish bait as well as to feed
Author: Nigel J. H. Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
The floodplain forests of the Amazon, the world's largest river, are among the most threatened habitats in South America. Yet little is known about how these unique, seasonally flooded forests were used in the past, or their current importance to farmers, livestock owners, and fisherfolk. Thisbook explores the natural history knowledge of the floodplain inhabitants and how we might better use their knowledge to promote sound conservation and development policies.
People go to the jungle all the time; in fact, several million people live in the Amazon Basin. ... standing on the wrong side of the rope amidst the tropical ferns
and palms as Jeremy snapped away and every now and then reminded us to
Author: Ed Stafford
As seen on Discovery Channel and for readers of Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer, and David Grann, a riveting, adventurous account of one man’s history-making journey along the entire length of the Amazon—and through the most bio-diverse habitat on Earth. Fans of Turn Right at Machu Piccu will revel in Ed Stafford's extraordinary prose and lush descriptions. In April 2008, Ed Stafford set off to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountain range to find the official source of the river. His journey lead on through parts of Colombia and right across Brazil; all while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people as well as negotiating injuries, weather and his own fears and doubts. Yet, Stafford was undeterred. On his grueling 860-day, 4,000-plus mile journey, Stafford witnessed the devastation of deforestation firsthand, the pressure on tribes due to loss of habitats as well as nature in its true-raw form. Jaw-dropping from start to finish, Walking the Amazon is the unforgettable and gripping story of an unprecedented adventure. Walking the Amazon is also available in a Spanish edition entitled Caminado El Amazonas.
Appendix 12.1 Continued Astrocaryum murumuru Vernacular names : murumuru
( Brazil ) ; mouru - mouru ( French Guiana ) . Description : Medium - sized palm
common in the Amazon estuary and French Guiana . Ecology : Swamp forests .
Author: Claude Marcel Hladik
Publisher: Parthenon Publishing Group
For as long as they have inhabited tropical forests, people have used, managed and transformed natural resources in their quest for food. The future of tropical forests and their human inhabitants will continue to depend on the ways - wise or otherwise - in which food is procured and produced. In this book, scientists from disciplines spanning the natural and social sciences have focused on the biocultural interactions between tropical forest food resources and the communities they sustain. The volume's 74 chapters are organized into six major sections dealing with: evolution and history of tropical forests in relation to food availability; food production and nutritional value of wild and semi-cultivated species; adaptive aspects of food consumption and energy expenditure; feeding strategies in relation to environmental variation; cultural factors in food choices; and management alternatives for the rational use of tropical forests in years to come. Each section begins with a background chapter that provides key references and attempts to integrate the individual chapters in terms of overall themes and salient problems. The book's interdisciplinary approach makes it a valuable source of ideas and data upon which natural and social scientists can draw for discussion and analysis. It will also assist managers, planners, development agencies and concerned individuals in making the right decisions about the future of tropical forests and the people who live in them.
Other people burn down areas of the rainforest. They do this to make areas for
farming. They plant crops like bananas, sugarcane, and palms. They also plant
maize and rice. The soil cannot support crops after a few years. Then farmers
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
Elaborate on the concept of biomes and ecosystems using this science inquiry card and lesson. Using vibrant, engaging images for science exploration allows all students to make connections and relate science concepts to new situations.
Black earth results from long term human occupation , during which human ,
animal , and vegetal by - products ... of the oil palm , " caiaue " ( Elaeis oleifera ) ,
and numerous black earth sites along the Madeira and middle Amazon Rivers in
Man and Fisheries on an Amazon Frontier. Dordrecht: W. Junk. Goulding, M. ...
Indigenous people and the marketing of the rainforest. The Ecologist 20(6):223–
227. ... Palms as key swamp forest resources in Amazonia. Forest Ecology and ...
Author: Darrell A. Posey
Publisher: Columbia University Press
From the pre-Columbian era to the present, native Amazonians have shaped the land around them, emphasizing utilization, conservation, and sustainability. These priorities stand in stark contrast to colonial and contemporary exploitation of Amazonia by outside interests. With essays from environmental scientists, botanists, and anthropologists, this volume explores the various effects of human development on Amazonia. The contributors argue that by protecting and drawing on local knowledge and values, further environmental ruin can be avoided.