Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon
by Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem, Efrem Ferreira. 2003.

Smithsonian Books
. Washington.

The authors, all respected authorities on the region, treat the Amazon from its source high in the Peruvian Andes, to its mouth. They describe the Amazon based on its thirteen largest tributaries, each with a unique personality shaped by geography, ecology, recent geologic history, and mankind. The photographs are outstanding, and there are 150 color maps. This is the best overview ever written on the subject. “I was entranced when I saw [from orbit]...the mirror of the Amazon Basin, with its swamps and backwaters, like the bewitching eye of the continent...”– Oleg Markarov, cosmonaut.



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