Vieira, Bianca Carvalho, Salgado, André Augusto Rodrigues, Santos, Leonardo José Cordeiro (Eds.)
2015, XXII, 501 p. 275 illus., 267 illus. in color.
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Constitutes the first book describing the greater part of geomorphological sites in Brazil (in either English or Portuguese)
Provide details not only Brazilian geomorphological landscapes but also parallel geological processes, climate variations and landscape changes
Covers a large proportion of Brazilian landscapes and explains how these have influenced human settlements
This book presents Brazil as a country of continental dimensions. Its territory has a large variety of rock types, geological structures and climates. The country has a large variety of landscapes, such as the humid plains of the Amazon River, the dry plateaus of the semi-arid region or the subtropical mountains of the southern region. On the coast, some plateaus and mountains, like the Serra do Mar Mountain range, formed a significant barrier front to access the hinterland of Brazil. On the other side of these coastal plateaus and mountains, there is a large collection of other plateaus, mountains, plains and depressions little altered by human interference. Thus, Brazil has a unique variety of different landscapes and extraordinary geomorphological sites. The book invites readers to learn more about the beautiful Brazilian landscapes, their complexity and vastness.
Brazil: A Land of Beautiful and Undiscovered Landscapes.- Geological Background: A Tectonic Panorama of Brazil.- Long-Term Geomorphological Evolution of the Brazilian Territory.- Climates of Brazil: Past and Present.- Discovery Coast: The Brazilian Landscape First Sighted by Europeans.- The Todos Os Santos Bay –An Ephemeral High Stand Feature Incised into an Aborted Cretaceous Rift.- Brazil in the South Atlantic: The Fernando De Noronha and Trindade Archipelagos.- The Lençois Maranhenses: A Paradise of Dunes and Ponds.- One Island, Many Landscapes: Santa Catarina Island, Southern Brazilian Coast.- Antonina Bay and Superagui Island: A Mosaic Of Mountains, Coastal Plain and Atlantic Forest.- The Bertioga Coastal Plain: An Example of Morphotectonic Evolution.- Brazilian Pantanal: A Large Pristine Tropical Wetland.- Potiguar Basin: Diversity of Landscapes in the Brazilian Equatorial Margin.- The Anavilhanas And Mariuá Archipelagos: Fluvial Wonders from the Negro River, Amazon Basin.- The Rio Peruaçu Basin, An Impressive Multiphased Karst System.- Lagoa Santa Karst: Cradle of Brazilian Cave Studies.- Jalapão: Sedimentary Heritages in Central Brazil.- Chapada Das Mesas: Unknown Geomorphological Heritage.- Chapada Diamantina: A Remarkable Landscape Dominated by Mountains and Plateaus.- Chapada Dos Veadeiros: The Highest Landscapes in the Brazilian Central Plateau.- Chapada Do Araripe: A Highland Oasis Incrusted into the Semi-Arid Region of Northeastern Brazil.- Stone and Sand Ruins in the Drylands of Brazil: The Rustic Landscapes of Catimbau National Park.- Serra Da Capivara National Park: Ruinform Landscapes on the Parnaiba Cuesta.- Tepequém Mountains: A Relict Landscape in the Northern Amazon.- Carajás National Forest: Iron Ore Plateaus and Caves in Southeastern Amazon.- Serra Do Mar: The Most “Tormented” Relief in Brazil.- Itatiaia Massif: Morphogenesis of Southeastern Brazilian Highlands.- Southern Plateau and Itaimbezinho Canyon.- Quadrilátero Ferrífero’: A Beautiful and Neglected Landscape Between the Gold and Iron Ore Reservoirs.- Campos Gerais of Paraná: A Regional Palimpsest.- Foz Do Iguaçú: Regional Geomorphological Context of the Iguaçú Falls.- The Canastra Range: On the Way to São Francisco River Spring.- Southern Serra Do Espinhaço: The Impressive Plateau of Quartzite Ridges.- Itatim Geomorphological Site: Largest Concentration of Inselbergs in Brazil.- Pancas: The Kingdom of Bornhardts.- The Guanabara Bay, A Giant Body of Water Surrounded by Mountains in the Rio De Janeiro Metropolitan Area.