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In the Rainforest

Report from a Strange, Beautiful, Imperiled World

In the Rainforest takes us to Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, revealing a colorful and bizarre world where fish live on fruit, spiders prey on birds, and violets grow to the size of apple trees.

"I recommend In the Rainforest as scientific journalism at its best, and [Caufield’s] book as the one to read to become informed about the tropical crisis. Caufield traveled the world, went to the difficult places, sometimes beautiful and often dispiriting, mastered the important ideas, and talked to an impressive number of people on all sides of the issues. . . . There are villains in abundance: corrupt government agents who aid in the destruction of native tribes, greedy caballero landowners, and even the governmental planners who with the best of intentions rush heedlessly toward the environmental degradation of their own countries."—E. O. Wilson, Science

"The whole book is filled with amazing facts. . . . Moving and informative."—Ellen W. Chu, New York Times Book Review

319 pages | 1 map | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1984, 1991

Biological Sciences: Conservation, Natural History, Tropical Biology and Conservation

Geography: Environmental Geography

Travel and Tourism: Travel Writing and Guides

Table of Contents

Rainforests of the World
1. A Town in Brazil
2. In the Beginning
3. Layers
4. Boundless Fertility
5. Living in the Forest
6. Cattle in the Clouds
7. The Harvest
8. The End of the Road
9. Partners in Trade
10. Trees for the Wood
11. Pioneers
12. Fever Bark
13. Fruits of the Earth
14. The Flooded Forest
15. That Ancient Flame

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