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Amazon Expeditions: My Quest for the Ice-Age Equator

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In this vivid memoir of a life in science, ecologist Paul Colinvaux takes his readers from the Alaskan tundra to steamy Amazon jungles, from the Galapagos Islands (before tourists had arrived) to the high Andes and the Darien Gap in Panama. He recounts an adventurous tale of exploration in the days before GPS and satellite mapping, and a tale no less exhilarating of his ba ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2008 by Yale University Press (first published March 3rd 2007)
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An interesting giving a picture of how the author`s research on climate in South America during the last Ice age ...more
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This book was cited in 1491 to illustrate how populous the New World was before European-introduced diseases decimated the natives. Sure enough, at the end of the account we discover that Panamas Darien Gap, viewed as an eco-tourist haven, was, through a pollen count, determined to have been an area which reverted to rainforest in the last 400 years following millenia of agricultural use.
Colinvauxs overall purpose in the 6 expeditions he mounted along the equator in South America during his c
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