296 pages, 138 col and b/w photos
Smith explores how human use of the Amazon estuary's natural resources has been affected by technological change, rapid urban growth, and accelerated market integration. Argues that human intervention in the estuary has actually diversified agriculture and helped save floodplain forests from destruction.
Every reader from armchair traveller, fieldworker ot bureaucrat will profit from this book. An added bonus is the rich gallery of fabulous photographs that display the glorious richness of colours, the complexity of the lives of the rural people and the diversity of the habitats in which they live.-New Scientist, 2 November 2002 "Even though I have been an avid student of the Amazon region for thirty years, I learned a lot from reading this book... The author does not hesitate to connect the local narrative to issues of global environmental impact. While he is careful not to be quick to see disaster at every turn, as so many environmentalists do, he makes readers fully aware and sensitive to the potential for environmental damage from unsustainable practices." Emilio F. Moran, Rudy Professor of Anthropology and Director, Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, Indiana University
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