Floods of Fortune

Floods of Fortune

Ecology and Economy Along the Amazon

By Michael Goulding; Nigel J. H. Smith; Dennis J. Mahar

Columbia University Press, Hardcover, 9780231104203, 193pp.

Publication Date: October 1995


As the depredation of the planet's greatest storehouse of biodiversity-the Amazon region-continues apace, it is vitally important to understand the implications of the immense devastation the area has undergone. Describing the stunning diversity of plant an animal life found in and along the rivers, and showing how this wealth is being plundered, "Floods of Fortune" offers the first holistic view of the conservation drama unfolding in the Amazonian floodplain. Enriched with nearly 100 beautiful and arrested color photographs as well as an investigation of the cultural history of the region's human habitation, the book helps readers comprehend the complex environmental and social problems associated with Amazonian development and offers solutions that reconcile development with conservation.

About the Author
Michael Goulding is a senior scientist at the Rainforest Alliance, based in New York City.

Nigel J.H. Smith is professor of geography at the University of Florida.

Dennis J. Mahar is the World Bank's Resident Representative in Brazil.