The Forest Frontier: Settlement and Change in Brazilian Roraima
Peter A. FurleyISBN: 0415043921;
Destructive patterns of Amazonian evolution are now endangering Northern Brazil--driven by the gold rush and demographic and economic forces from the South. The Forest Frontier assesses whether the Northern Amazonian states can avoid the same pressures and problems that affect the peoples and environments of the South. Relatively untouched but on the brink of development, Roraima is of special environmental interest because of its extensive savannas and varied forests--the home of some of the largest and most diverse groups of indigenous Indians. In a detailed and original analysis, the contributors present a critical assessment of the nature and pace of agricultural advance into Roraima, provide precise rates for deforestation andexamine the reasons for destruction. The book presents a range of strategies to cope with the inevitable development to come.
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