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Site Type:  Field Site

Description:  Northeastern Ecuador borders the Andes and lies at headwaters of the Amazon River (Figure 6.12). This region of high biological diversity possesses major centers of endemism as well as identified biodiversity “hot spots” (FAO 1995; Myers, 1988). Among the Amazon Basin countries, forest is disappearing fastest in Ecuador. Oil exploration, road construction, and land settlement threaten major conservation areas contiguous to colonization zones. This lowland forest region differs significantly in soil, settlement, and farming characteristics from the Brazilian Amazon. First, settlement has been almost entirely spontaneous rather than government-sponsored. Second, although detailed soil maps for the region do not exist, available maps indicate that moderately infertile, fragile Ferralsols dominate, with pockets of fertile volcanic soil due to the proximity to the Andes (FAO–UNESCO, 1971). While soil quality and type vary, on average, soils are more fertile in western Amazonia than  ...more

Coordinates:  NLat: -0.500, SLat: -0.500, ELong: -77.00, WLong: -77.00

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