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Author Moran, Emilio F.
Title Ecologia humana das populações da Amazônia. English
Through Amazonian eyes : the human ecology of Amazonian populations / Emilio F. Moran.
Imprint Iowa City, IA : University of Iowa Press, [1993]

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Author Moran, Emilio F.
Subject Human ecology -- Amazon River Region.
Indians of South America -- Amazon River Region.
Human ecology -- Brazil.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Amazon River Region.
Description 1 online resource (xix, 230 pages) : illustrations
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Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Rev. and updated translation of: A ecologia humana das populações da Amazônia.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-226) and index.
Summary In the final years of the twentieth century we live with omnipresent worries. Will the Amazonian forests survive current deforestation trends? Will Amazonia's native populations survive the spread of diseases and the expropriation of traditional territories? Will the promise of biotechnology ever be fulfilled, given the genetic losses we are experiencing? Will scientists find new chemical substances in the forests of Amazonia to cure diseases heretofore incurable or yet unknown? Will we learn to use, rather than thoughtlessly destroy, the thousands of tropical species that we now consider without value? Will we invest in agronomic research to find ways to achieve sustainable cultivation in the humid tropics? In June 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the world was finally ready to ask these questions.
In this well-written, comprehensive, reasonable yet passionate volume, Emilio Moran introduces us to the range of human and ecological diversity in the Amazon Basin. Beginning with a description of its Indian and peasant populations and their knowledge of their environment, he describes the Amazon's widely contrasting ecosystems, their ecological variations, and the human strategies of resource use workable within each environment. Every ecosystem - from upland forests to floodplains, savannas to blackwater rivers - offers opportunities as well as limitations; each has unique characteristics that can be used advantageously or resisted at great cost.
By describing the complex heterogeneity of the Amazon's ecological mosaic and its indigenous populations' conscious adaptations to this diversity, Moran leads us to realize that there are strategies of resource use which do not destroy the structure and function of ecosystems. Finally, and most important, he examines ways in which we might benefit from the study of human ecology to design and implement a balance between conservation and use. Through Amazonian Eyes shows that the traditional inhabitants of Amazonia, the Indian and the coboclo, exhibit greater understanding of its diversity than do most outsiders. Anyone working on the human ecology of the Amazon Basin and anyone concerned with the survival of all species will want to read this book.
Contents Amazonia: people and environment -- Blackwater ecosystems -- Upland forests -- Floodplains -- Savannas -- Human ecology as a critique of development.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1587291576 (electronic bk.)
9781587291579 (electronic bk.)
0877454175 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0877454183 (paper ; acid-free paper)
9780877454175 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
9780877454182 (paper ; acid-free paper)
OCLC # 44964150
Additional Format Print version: Moran, Emilio F. Ecologia humana das populações da Amazônia. English. Through Amazonian eyes. Iowa City, IA : University of Iowa Press, ©1993 0877454175 (DLC) 93001148 (OCoLC)27894455
Table of Contents
1Amazonia: People and Environment1
2Blackwater Ecosystems35
3Upland Forests57
6Human Ecology as a Critique of Development141