Published: January 2007
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

Related Links

Amazon Institute of People and the Environment
Download an analysis of the array of human activities exploiting the resources of the vast Brazilian Amazon region.

International Rivers Network
Glide down the Xingu in a video about people who depend on the river and their efforts to protect it from the federal government's massive damming projects.

NASA: Escape From the Amazon
Satellite images illustrate this report on NASA's research in answering the perplexing question "Is the Amazon a carbon source or sink?"

Woods Hole Research Center
Gain some insights into the complex problem of fire management in the Brazilian Amazon by reading about the center's use of successive controlled burns in its Tanguro savannization experiment.

World Resources Institute's Global Forest Watch Project (WRI)
View interactive maps of the Brazilian Amazon.


Asner, Gregory P., and others. "Condition and Fate of Logged Forests in the Brazilian Amazon." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (August 10, 2006), 12947-50.

Schwartzman, Stephan. "The Panar´┐Ż: Indigenous Territory and Environmental Protection in the Amazon." In Local Heritage in the Changing Tropics: Innovative Strategies for Natural Resource Management and Control, Greg Dicum, ed. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Bulletin Series, (Bulletin 98: 1995), 66-85.

Smithsonian Institution. "Amazon Conservation Links."

Soares-Filho, Britaldo Silveira, and others. "Modelling Conservation in the Amazon Basin." Nature (March 22, 2006), 520-23.

Tangley, Laura. "Amazonia Drying." National Wildlife (August/September 2006).

NGS Resources

Thompson, Gare. Amazon Journey: Cruising the Rain Forest. National Geographic Books, 2006.

Morell, Virginia. "The Rain Forest in Rio's Backyard." National Geographic (March 2004), 2-27.

Wallace, Scott. "Into the Amazon." National Geographic (August 2003), 2-27.

O'Neill, Thomas. "New Sensors Eye the Rain Forest: Data Gathering on the Belize Frontier." National Geographic (September 1993), 118-30.

Raven, Peter, and others. The Emerald Realm: Earth's Precious Rain Forests. National Geographic Books, 1990.