The Biogeochemistry of the Amazon Basin

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Michael E. McClain, Reynaldo Victoria, Jeffrey E. Richey
Oxford University Press, 2001 M11 8 - 384 pages
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 around the 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 land transferred 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 and other 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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The Relevance of Biogeochemistry to Amazon Development and Conservation
General Characteristics and Variability of Climate in the Amazon Basin and its Links to the Global Climate System
The Atmospheric Component of Biogeochemical Cycles in the Amazon Basin
Soil versus Biological Controls on Nutrient Cycling in Terra Firme Forests
Nutrient Cycling as a Function of Landscape and Biotic Characteristics in the Cerrados of Central Brazil
Linking Biogeochemical Cycles to Cattle Pasture Management and Sustainability in the Amazon Basin
Nutrient Considerations in the Use of Silviculture for Land Development and Rehabilitation in the Amazon
Extractive Reserves and Participatory Research as Factors in the Biogeochemistry of the Amazon Basin
The Interface Between Economics and Nutrient Cycling in Amazon Land Development
Carbon Storage in Biomass and Soils
Terrestrial Inputs to Amazon Streams and Internal Biogeochemical Processing
Geoecological Controls on Elemental Fluxes in Communities of Higher Plants in Amazonian Floodplains
Biogeochemistry of Amazon Floodplain Lakes and Associated Wetlands
Organic Matter and Nutrients in the Mainstem Amazon River
Trace Elements in the Mainstem Amazon River
Biogeochemical Processes on the Amazon Shelf Changes in Dissolved and Particulate Fluxes During RiverOcean Mixing

The Recovery of Biomass Nutrient Stocks and Deep Soil Functions in Secondary Forests

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