The Biogeochemistry of the Amazon Basin

Hardcover | March 15, 2001

EditorMichael E. Mcclain, Reynaldo Victoria, Jeffrey E. Richey

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With a complex assemblage of largely intact ecosystems that support the earth's greatest diversity of life, the Amazon basin is a focal point of international scientific interest. And, as development and colonization schemes transform the landscape in increasing measure, scientists from aroundthe world are directing attention to questions of regional and global significance. Some of these qustions are: What are the fluxes of greenhouse gases across the atmospheric interface of ecosystems? How mush carbon is stored in the biomass and soils of the basin? How are elements from the landtransferred to the basin's surface waters? What is the sum of elements transferred from land to ocean, and what is its marine "fate"? This book of original chapters by experts in chemical and biological oceanography, tropical agronomy and biology, and the atmospheric sciences will address these andother important questions, with the aim of synthesizing the current knowledge of biochemical processes operating within and between the various ecosystems in the Amazon basin.

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With a complex assemblage of largely intact ecosystems that support the earth's greatest diversity of life, the Amazon basin is a focal point of international scientific interest. And, as development and colonization schemes transform the landscape in increasing measure, scientists from aroundthe world are directing attention to questi...

Michael E. McClain is at Florida International University. Reynaldo Victoria is at Universidad de Sao Paulo.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195114310

ISBN - 13:9780195114317

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Table of Contents

1. Michael McClain: The Relevance of Biogeochemistry to Amazon Development and Conservation2. Jose A. Marengo and Carlos A. Nobre: General Characteristic and Variability of Climate in the Amazon Basin and its Links to the Global Climate System3. Paulo Artaxo: The Atmospheric Component of Biogeochemical Cycles in the Amazon Basin4. Elvira Cuevas: Soil Versus Biological Controls on Nutrient Cycling in Terra Firme Forests5. M. Haridasan: Nutrient Cycling as a Function of Landscape and Biotic Characteristics in the Cerrados of Central Brazil6. Moacyr B. Dias-Filho, Eric A. Davidson and Claudio J. Reis de Carvalho: Linking Biogeochemical Cycles to Cattle Pasture Management and Sustainability in the Amazon Basin7. Florencia Montagnini: Nutrient Considerations in the Use of Silviculture for Land Development and Rehabilitation in the Amazon8. Foster Brown, Karen Kainer and Eufran do Amaral: Extractive Reserves and Participatory Research as Factors in the Biogeochemistry of the Amazon Basin9. Daniel Nepstad, Paulo R.S. Moutinho and Daniel Markewitz: The Recovery of Biomass, Nutrient Stocks, and Deep-Soil Functions in Secondary Forests10. Carl F. Jordan: The Interface Between Economics and Nutrient Cycling in Amazon Land Development11. Martial Bernoux, et al.: Carbon Storage in Biomass and Soils12. Michael E. McClain and Helmut Elsenbeer: Terrestrial Inputs to Amazon Streams and Internal Biogeochemical Processing13. Maria Tereza F. Piedade, Martin Worbes and Wolfgang J. Junk: Geo-ecological controls on elemental fluxes in communities of higher plants in Amazonian floodplains14. John M. Melack and Bruce R. Forsberg: Biogeochemistry of Amazon Floodplain Lakes and Associated Wetlands15. Allan H. Devol and John I. Hedges: Organic Matter and Nutrients in the Mainstem Amazon River16. Patrick T. Seyler and Gerald R. Boaventura: Trace Elements in the Mainstem Amazon River17. David J. DeMaster and Robert C. Aller: Biogeochemical Processes on the Amazon Shelf: Changes in Dissolved Particulate Fluxes During River/Ocean Mixing

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"[T]his setting of ... concerns about carbon sources/ sinks within the social context of land utilisation is refreshing. ... a comprehensive look at progress ... fascinating, well written and readable ... I would strongly recommend it for every library, and for anyone interested in thereported environmental changes associated with the Amazon forests."--Geoscientist