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Large-scale impoverishment of Amazonian forests by logging and fire

Literature: Journal Articles

Nepstad, D.C. et al. 1999. Large-scale impoverishment of Amazonian forests by logging and fire. Nature 398, pp.505-508.

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  • Woods Hole Research Center, PO Box 296, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543, USA
  • Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia Campus do Guamá, UFPa Av. Augusto Corrêa S/N, Caixa Postal 8610, Belém, Pará, CEP 66075-970, Brazil
  • Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazônia, IMAZON, Caixa Postal 1015, Belém, Pará, CEP 66017-000, Brazil
  • Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Caixa Postal 515, S~o Jos dosé Campos, SP, CEP 12201-970, Brazil
  • Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, Mail Stop 242-4, Moffett Field, California 94110, USA
  • Universidade Federal do Acre, Parque Zoobotânico, Rio Branco, Acre, CEP 69000, Brazil




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  • The authors investigated additional sources forest impoverishment not included in deforestation mapping programs.
  • They found that due to uncaptured forest burning, wood mills and other factors, annual deforestation estimates for the Brazilian Amazon account for less than half of impoversished forest area.


Geographical Region

  • Amazon Basin
  • Ecosystems

  • Tropical Wet Forest
  • Country

  • Brazil
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