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Title: Between a Pristine Myth and an Impoverished Future
Authors: Clement, Charles Roland
Junqueira, André Braga
Keywords: Anthropogenic Effect
Ecosystem Resilience
Environmental Assessment
Environmental Research
Historical Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Natural Resources
Sustainable Development
Temperate Environment
Trend Analysis
Tropical Environment
Issue Date: 2010
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Biotropica
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 42, Número 5, Pags. 534-536
Abstract: Early European naturalists saw Amazonian landscapes as pristine, but modern research has found a complex historical ecology, similar to that of other tropical and temperate regions. Although the pristine myth has been thoroughly debunked, too many biodiversity researchers fail to incorporate historical ecology into their analyses. For a world society out of balance with its natural resource base, careful interpretation is essential to understand trends, including impoverishment of planetary biodiversity. If world society avoids civilizational collapse, parts of Amazonia's historical ecology can contribute to future sustainability and improved survival of its biodiversity. © 2010 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2010 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2010.00674.x
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