Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 16:00
A J Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY
OCTF seminar followed by drinks
Speaker: Dilce Rossetti, Brazilian National Institute for Space Research-INPE
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Abstract: One of the most remarkable features regarding the floristic distribution in the Amazonian lowlands are the numerous patches of open (savanna-like) vegetation in sharp contrast with the dense rainforest. Their occurrence in such a humid ecosystems is intriguing and several hypotheses (e.g. contrasts in topography and lithology, changes in soil nutrients and structure, or dry climatic episodes during the last glacial) have been proposed.