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WESTERN AMAZON

 
     
  OVERVIEW  

 

The Amazon needs little in the way of introduction, being widely associated with terms such as "biggest", "wildest" and most bio-diverse. The importance of its rain-forest to the ecology of the planet is often stated, and there is much hand-wringing as we watch it being progressively destroyed, although here on the west coast of North America we are rooting out the last pockets of old growth in our own cold rain-forest.

This study treats only the western sector of the vast Amazon basin, with few exceptions the regions west of Brazil.  Involved are areas from southern Colombia, and eastern Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.  There is a contribution from northern Argentina and from the region drained by the Paraguay River.  Part of this terrain is the flat forests and looping rivers typical of most of the Amazon drainage, but it also involves the eastern skirts of the Cordillera, a zone of steep jungles, fast rivers and difficult access.   Here the area overlaps onto two other sections of this website, namely the Ecuadorian section of "Mesoamerica" and the north parts of the "Southern Cordillera".  The Amazon also shares many species of flora and fauna with the rain-forests of Central America.  There will hence be some overlap in photographs as well.