Deep Jungle Hardcover – 2 May 2005
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The companion to the major PBS nature series, this book takes us deep into the heart of the jungle.
Companion to a major, international, big-budget, high-tech series for ITV1, this book will take us right into the heart of the jungle.See all Product Description
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It shows the history of Europeans discovering jungle areas, myths, expeditions, locals tribes and customs, Rainforst plants, Diseases, Scientific discoveries, newley discovered species and much, much more.
Deep Jungle is a very interesting read and definately recommended.
So the book is full of surprises.
1. Wind back the clock a thousand years, and jungles were the home of sophisticated civilisations. This is not just true of modern-day tourist honeypots like Ankor Wat or the Mayans. Nigeria's jungles hosted cities and empires; so did the Amazon. Fred Pearce cites linguistic studies, the beginnings of jungle archeology, and the nature of the soil and the trees planted, to show that people were working this land, despite the Western world not knowing about them.
2. These civilisations collapsed, perhaps because of the encounter with Europeans and their diseases. Remnants went off into the forest. So the standard Western model of the jungle -- 'pristine' rainforest and 'stone-age tribes untouched since the dawn of civilisation' -- is wrong. People have gardened, or farmed, or still better, stewarded, the jungle for centuries, and with rather more success than we managed in the 20th century.
3. Much of what is going on today thanks to the chain-saw and the hunt for ever-more-scarce bush-meat is economically rational for the people doing it.
4. Many of the suggested solutions to deforestation haven't worked. Selling traditional remedies to drug corporations is good, even vital for the future of humanity, but has tended not to benefit indigenous people, or stop rainforest destruction. National parks are hard to enforce.Read more ›
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