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The Biogeochemistry of the Amazon Basin

Edited By: Michael E McClain, Reynaldo Victoria and Jeffrey E Richey

365 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Dec 2001 | #122603 | ISBN: 0195114310
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Synthesizes more than a decade of process-level research into the flows of water, carbon, nutrients and other bioactive elements through Amazon terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on the unique combinations of physical and biogeochemical conditions that support sustainable development of the region.

I found this book fascinating, well written and readable, yet full of facts and figures regarding carbon flows, nutrient flows, water quality and interactions with the atmosphere. I would strongly recommend it for every library, and for anyone interested in the reported environmental changes associated with the Amazon forests. Geoscientist


1. The Relevance of Biogeochemistry to Amazon Development; 2. General Characteristics and Variability of Climate in the Amazon Basin and its Links to the Global Climate System; 3. The Atmospheric Component of Biogeochemical Cycles in the Amazon Basin; 4. Soil versus Biological Controls on Nutrient Cycling in Terra Firme Forests; 5. Nutrient Cycling as a Function of Landscape and Biotic Characteristics in the Cerrados of Central Brazil; 6. Linking Biogeochemical Cycles to Cattle Pasture Management and Sustainability in The Amazon Basin; 7. Nutrient Considerations in the Use of Silviculture for Land Development and Rehabilitation in the Amazon; 8. Extractive Reserves and Participatory Research as Factors in the Biogeochemistry of the Amazon Basin; 9. The Recovery of Biomass, Nutrient Stocks, and Deep-Soil Functions in Secondary Forests; 10. The Interface Between Economics and Nutrient Cycling in Amazon Land Development; 11. Carbon Storage in Biomass and Soils; 12. Terrestrial Inputs to Amazon Streams and Internal Biogeochemical Processing; 13. Geo-ecological Controls on Elemental Fluxes in Communities of Higher Plants in Amazonian floodplains; 14. Biogeochemistry of Amazon Floodplain Lakes and Associated Wetlands; 15. Organic Matter and Nutrients in the Mainstream Amazon River; 16. Trace Elements in the Mainstream Amazon River; 17. Biogeochemical Processes on the Amazon Shelf: Changes in Dissolved and Particulate Fluxes During River/Ocean Mixing

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