Natural Versus Anthropogenic Sources of Amazonian Biodiversity: the Continuing Quest for El Dorado

  • B. J. Meggers
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 162)

Abstract

Growing concern that human activities are producing unanticipated and often undesirable changes in biota and climate is stimulating efforts to document their extent and reduce or reverse their impact. Achieving this goal is hampered by differences in the perception, motivation, expertise, education, goals, and other characteristics of the interested parties; by deficiencies in the comprehensiveness and representativeness of the data, and by insufficient interaction among biologists, ecologists, climatologists, geologists, and anthropologists. Furthermore, specialists who attempt to integrate diverse kinds of evidence often place greater confidence on that from disciplines other than their own.

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Beach Smoke Charcoal Holocene Cane 

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