Palms and People in the Amazon

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 and People in the Amazon

Author: Nigel Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319055097

Page: 500

View: 953

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 of the Amazon

In general , it is now becoming recognized that some prehistoric Amazon cultural
groups were considerably more complex than previously supposed , and that the
pottery cultures were considerably older than those from the Andes .

The Palms of the Amazon

Author: Andrew Henderson

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN:

Page: 362

View: 823

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.

The Amazon

Why are palms the most useful group of plants to the indigenous peoples of the
Amazon? Linnaeus himself ... Their aesthetic appeal is undeniable, but their
extraordinary utility is almost always underestimated by people outside the
rainforest.

The Amazon

Author: Mark J. Plotkin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190668296

Page: 256

View: 483

"Rainforests occupy a special place in the imagination. Literary, historical and cinematic depictions range from a ghastly Green Hell to an idyllic Garden of Eden. In terms of fiction, they fired the already fervent imaginations of storytellers as diverse as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rudyard Kipling and even George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in whose books and films they are inhabited by dinosaurs, trod by Indiana Jones, prowled by Mowgli the Jungle Boy and swung through by Tarzan of the Apes. But rainforest fact is no less fascinating than rainforest fiction. Brimming with mystery and intrigue, these forests still harbor lost cities, uncontacted tribes, ancient shamans, and powerful plants than can kill - and cure. The rainforest bestiary extends far beyond the requisite lions, tigers and bears. Flying foxes and winged lizards, arboreal anteaters, rainforest giraffes, cross-dressing spiders that disguise themselves as ants and bats the size of a bumblebees all flourish in these most fabulous of forests along with other zoological denizens that are equally bizarre and spectacular. And no scientist immersed in these ecosystems believes that all the wonders have been found or revealed. Tropical rainforests merit their moniker. They flourish in the tropics - the more than 3000 mile-wide equatorial band between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. And these forests are hot, humid and wet, receiving in the Amazon, on average from 60 to 120 inches of rain per year - as compared to a mere 25 inches in London or 45 inches in Manhattan. However, several sites in the rainforests of northeastern India, of west Africa and western Colombia are drenched by over 400 inches of precipitation per annum. To a large degree, rainfall in the tropics is determined by the so-called "Intertropical Convergence Zone" (ICZ), a band of clouds around the equator created by the meeting of the northeast and southeast trade winds. Also referred to as the "Monsoon Trough," and known to - and dreaded by - sailors over the centuries as the "Doldrums," since the extended periods of calm that sometimes manifested there could strand a sailing vessel for weeks. The constant cloud cover due to the ICZ, the ferocious heat, and the abundant rainfall combine to produce high humidity, sometimes close to 95 per cent in the Amazon, a challenge for visitors unused to such torpor. According to Rhett Butler of Mongabay: "Each canopy tree transpires 200 gallons of water annually, translating roughly into 20,000 gallons transpired into the atmosphere for every acre of canopy trees. Large rainforests (and their humidity) contribute to the formation of rain clouds, and generate as much as 75 per cent of their own rain and are therefore responsible for creating as much as 50 per cent of their own precipitation.""--

Ethnobotany in the Neotropics

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
 ...

Ethnobotany in the Neotropics

Author: Ghillean T. Prance

Publisher: New York Botanical Garden PressDept

ISBN:

Page: 156

View: 712

The Palm Tree

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
 ...

The Palm Tree

Author: Sophy Moody

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 448

View: 198

The Andes and the Amazon

They dress like the majority of the semi-civilized people on the Amazon: the men
content with shirt and pantaloons, the ... A hundred palm-thatched cottages of
mud and tiled frame houses, each with an inclosed orchard of orange, lemon, ...

The Andes and the Amazon

Author: James Orton

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 356

View: 404

This work is the result of a scientific expedition to the equatorial Andes and the Amazon River under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.

People of the Amazon

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 ...

People of the Amazon

Author: Lilo Linke

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 189

View: 880

Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas

OE NO CARP US This genus of medium-sized to large palms is especially
diverse in the northwestern Amazon region. ... The species of Oenocarpus,
especially the taller ones, are widely appreciated by people throughout northern
South ...

Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas

Author: Andrew Henderson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691656126

Page: 502

View: 185

This user-friendly and authoritative book will serve scientists, growers, and sightseers as a guide to the 67 genra and 550 species of naturally occurring palms found in the Americas. Its purpose is to give an introduction to the diversity of palms and allow almost anyone to identify a palm from this part of the world. Andrew Henderson is Assistant Scientist at the New York Botanical Garden. Gloria Galeano and Rodrigo Bernal are Assistant Professors at the Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

A Voyage Up the River Amazon

The producing tree is one of the most beautiful of the palms , the coronal leaves
being six feet in length by two broad , and ... From various palm - fruits are
prepared substances in great request among different classes of people ; but
most ...

A Voyage Up the River Amazon

Author: William H. Edwards

Publisher: London : J. Murray

ISBN:

Page: 256

View: 900

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was an American entomologist and naturalist whose work made a significant contribution to scientific study. First published in 1847, this is Edwards' personal account of his famous expedition to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from New York, short residence in the city of Pará and exploration of the local jungle. An expert observer, Edwards describes in fascinating detail the animals, plants and geography of the region, communicating his delight at each discovery. Highlights of the volume include vivid depictions of encounters with anacondas and electric eels, exotic fruits and birds, and observations on the customs of the local Portuguese and native populations. Intended for use by both the naturalist and the general reader, this book will captivate anyone interested in the history of travel and exploration, as well as the development of scientific study in the tropics.

Palms

PALM TOUR 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 " !

Palms

Author:

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Palms

Journal of Human Evolution 18 ( 7 ) : 697 - 716 . Ayres , J . M . 1993 . As Matas de
l ' árzea do Mamiraua : Médio Rio Solimões . Sociedade Civil Mamirauá , Brasília
. Ayres , J . M . C . 1986 . Uakaris and Amazonian flooded forest . Cambridge ...

Palms

Author: Michael Goulding

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 356

View: 973

Principes

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
 ...

Principes

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Richard Spruce 1817 1893

It seems that he had a rather ambivalent attitude toward palms . He was well
aware of their importance to indigenous people in the Amazon , and made many
observations on their usefulness , ( 10 ) and also collected artefacts made from ...

Richard Spruce  1817 1893

Author: M. R. D. Seaward

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN:

Page: 359

View: 497

This highly illustrated book explores Richard Spruce's outstanding contribution to Amazonian botany.