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  Pantanal, Brazil: Travel information & Tours, Flights and Lodging
Pantanal is more like an African savannah, in the pick of the summer, or an infinite water lake, with few signs of vegetable life, most of the year.
The Pantanal is a place with too much water and mud (Pantanal is a word derived from the Portuguese word for swamp), where trips may me difficult, and may have to be done on horseback, or special trucks and jeeps, or by boat.
The average temperature in Pantanal is near 30º, but it can drop very much in May and June (and may rise to 40º C in January and February).
www.brazil-travel-guide.com /Pantanal.html   (843 words)

  Pantanal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland area, a flat landscape, with gently sloping and meandering rivers.
The Pantanal has an average yearly rainfall of 1,000-1,400 mm, but is fed by the Upper Paraguay River.
The Pantanal is a natural water treatment facility.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pantanal   (473 words)

The graben of the Pantanal itself was formed through the fragmentation of an old Cretaceous shield, in a balancing conjunction with the uplifting of the Andes and of the Brazilian highlands.
The Pantanal therefore, is a large climatic enclave in which the run-off from the surrounding relatively wet highlands, carried by a series of large rivers, succeeds to maintain an allochthonous wetland environment under the conditions of a basically semi-arid climate.
The biggest threat to the Pantanal in the long run, however, is probably the environmental contamination from the surrounding uplands where most of the population and activities in the region are found.
www.geocities.com /TheTropics/Cabana/6292/information.html   (3921 words)

 Pantanal Gateway
The Pantanal, considered to be the world`s biggest wetland area, covers an area of approximately 150,000 km² situated in the upper Paraguay River Basin.
The Pantanal is noteworthy for its extraordinary bio diversity and abundance of wildlife and is known as "the world's biggest ecological sanctuary".
The Pantanal is also one of the last refuges for many threatened South American mammal species such as jaguar, puma, ocelot, manned wolf, giant otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo, marsh deer (the biggest deer of South America), peccary (the south American wild pig) and tapir.
www.ladatco.com /PAN-GATE.htm   (1091 words)

 Pantanal: Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia
The word "Pantanal" is Portuguese for swamp, although, strictly speaking, the far-stretching perennial swamps lie in the southern part of the region.
The Pantanal is also home to the New World's largest concentration of large animals with the variety comparable to that seen in Africa.
The fauna of Pantanal is threatened by poaching and smuggling of animals.
www.livinglakes.org /pantanal   (891 words)

 Investigate Biodiversity - Maps and Facts
Pantanal is derived from the Portuguese word "pantano" which literally means "swamp".
The Pantanal is a complex hydrological system that supports multitudes of aquatic plants, invertebrates, fish, waterfowl, and other species, many of which are endemic to the area.
The Pantanal is known for its heavy seasonal rainfall and massive flooding.
investigate.conservation.org /xp/IB/expeditions/pantanal/maps_facts   (704 words)

 Brazil - Pantanal
The Pantanal mato-grossense is an area of approximately 400,000 km2, most of which in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul.
Pantanal, in Portuguese, means "swamp"; the name, however, is incorrect, as the Pantanal is not a swamp.
Pantanal is a vast sedimentary lowland area, with altitudes lower than 200m, surrounded by the Planalts Central and Meridional.
www.v-brazil.com /information/geography/pantanal.html   (401 words)

 Amazon Adventures
Cuiabá, the capital of the state founded at the begining of the 18th century as a consequence of mining, is located at the geodesic center of South America.
The Pantanal of Mato Grosso is an extensive plain of approximately 230,000 km2 and its area occupies territory of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay in the heart of South America.
Source of the River Paraguay, which in turn receives all the water from the Pantanal plain and then releasing into the Silver Basin, the area is considered very important from the conservational aspect.
www.amazonadventures.com /pantanal.htm   (875 words)

 Brazil for Begginers: Pantanal: Wildlife sanctuary and world's largest Wetland.
Pantanal vegetation is mainly a mixture between three of the most important eco-systems of south america; the Chaco with its dry forest formations to the south, the savanna-like Cerrado to the east and the Amazon jungle to the north.
Pantanal is one of the last refuges for many threatened South American mammal species such as jaguar, puma, ocelot, manned wolf, giant otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo, marsh deer (the biggest deer of South America), peccary (the south American wild pig) and tapir.
Pantanal is a sanctuary for birds with many species occurring in large numbers.
www.imagensviagens.com /us_br_pantanal.htm   (1038 words)

 UNEP-WCMC Protected Areas Programme - The Pantanal Conservation Complex   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The main source of water for the Pantanal is the Cuiaba River, the origins of which lie in the sub-basins of the Manso River and its main tributary, the Casca River.
FAUNA While the Pantanal is a single biome, it is composed of at least 10 biogeographic units with varying soil, vegetation and hydrology, and thus different animal communities (Eberhard, 1999).
A major threat to the stability of the Pantanal’s complex hydrologic regime is posed by the Hidrovia, a massive navigational waterway regional project currently being considered in the region.
sea.unep-wcmc.org /sites/wh/pantanal.html   (3201 words)

 The Pantanal
Located in the heart of South America, the Pantanal (meaning "great swamp" in Portuguese) is an immense flood-plain mosaic of seasonally inundated grasslands, river corridors, gallery forests, lakes, and dry forests (Figure).
Furthermore, needed research in the Pantanal is complicated due to the inherent problems of working in a large, inaccessible region where costs are high and where 98% of the land is in private ownership.
Yet, because of the cumulative effect of all the actions, the Pantanal of the 21st century may well be as different from its present state as the Everglades and the Mississippi-Missouri Rivers differ from their present pre-1900 condition.
www.bluemacaws.org /pantart2.htm   (4807 words)

 Brazil Travel Guide - The Pantanal
Almost 10 times the size of the Everglades and the world's largest freshwater wetland, the Pantanal serves as a lush reservoir which thousands of species of exotic plants and a highly concentrated, diverse mix of animals call home.
And thrive it does; the Pantanal is home to over 700 species of birds (and is also an important migratory area for North American birds), 100 species of mammals, 260 species of fish and 80 reptile species.
There are very few roads that exist in the Pantanal, and horses can carry you into areas that otherwise couldn't be reached due to flooding and other conditions.
www.braziltravelinformation.com /brazil_pantanal.htm   (526 words)

 ...::: Pantanal Tour :::...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The total area of the Pantanal within Brazil extends to around 230.000 Km², with substantial parts in neighbouring Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguai, where it is Know as "CHACO".
The Pantanal is a vast flood-plain of quaternary sedimentation, formed by the action of the numerous group of smaller rivers that today comprise the River Paraguai.
As a result, the Pantanal is constantly undergoing change, with each new wet season fresh sediment is carried down and deposited over the previous deposit, providing a rich carpet for the explosion of colour and life that usually coincides with the first rains in October.
www.pantanaltour.com.br /e/pan.htm   (562 words)

 The Nature Conservancy in Brazil - Pantanal
The Pantanal is the world’s largest freshwater wetland, a seasonally flooded plain fed by the tributaries of the Paraguay River.
When compared to other wetlands in the world the Pantanal is still regarded as the most preserved yet, less than 2 per cent is under federal protection.
The strategic location of Pantanal makes it more vulnerable to the advance of large scale agriculture, cattle ranching, water pollution, dams and transport navigation, thereby increasing the pressure on the local habitats.
www.nature.org /wherewework/southamerica/brazil/work/art5083.html   (333 words)

 Pantanal: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Pantanal is thus a key global example of the flooded grassland and savanna Flooded grasslands and savannas quick summary:
In ecology, an ecosystem is a naturally occurring assemblage of organisms (plant, animal and other living organisms-also referred to as a biotic community...
A national park is a reserve of land, usually owned by a national government, that is protected from most human development and pollution....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/pa/pantanal.htm   (560 words)

 Investigate Biodiversity - Pantanal
Because the Pantanal is flooded for a significant period of the year, it attracts mammals that are well adapted for living in, and around water.
Jeff's quest to see an "anta" (tapir) could actually be fulfilled on this trip, as both the Pantanal and the Cerrado host healthy tapir populations.
The Pantanal has several deer populations including "veado catingueiro" (gray brocket deer), "veado mateiro" (red brocket deer), "cervo do Pantanal" (marsh deer), and "veado campeiro" (pampas deer) - all of which we stand a good chance of seeing while traveling the region.
investigate.conservation.org /xp/IB/expeditions/pantanal/day2/day2_species.xml   (548 words)

 Part III - Case Studies
A low level of perceived environmental threat to the Pantanal, combined with politically powerful development interests and a national drive for economic growth have allowed for ill-advised agricultural, industrial and mining operations to be permitted in the Pantanal watershed, particularly in the highlands.
The Pantanal ecosystem is based on an annual cycle of flooding and drought, including a multi-year pattern involving occasional greater fluctuations, or pulses, in the cycle.
In the Pantanal, agricultural development on the planaltos was rapidly accelerated and subsidized beginning in the early 1970s, in response to national economic goals to increase foreign exchange and service the debt to international lending sources.
www.oas.org /usde/publications/Unit/oea74e/ch06.htm   (19695 words)

 PANTANAL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Pantanal Mato-grossense is the largest flood plains of the world, which occupies 230 thousand km² of the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul.
Cycles of flooding are regulated by the rain transforms the environment and dictate the rhythm of the wild life and feeding network.
This region of Pantanal is better to observe birds and mammals.
www.braziladventuretravel.com /pages.php?recid=83   (542 words)

 CNN.com - Nature - Riding herd on development in famed Brazilian wetlands - January 9, 2001
The Pantanal is the Earth's largest freshwater wetland, an abundant source of food for a dazzling variety of birds and a wide range of reptiles and mammals.
This cohabitation is possible because of the seasonal flooding of the Paraguay river system that transforms the Pantanal into a vast interior delta, a "wetscape" of swamps, lakes and channels that isolates the Pantanal from the rest of Brazil from November to March annually.
The greatest threat to the Pantanal, according to scientists I've interviewed in Brazil and elsewhere, is the proposed Hidrovia waterway, a plan to improve navigation on the Parana and Paraguay rivers.
archives.cnn.com /2001/NATURE/01/08/our.planet.pantanal   (1292 words)

 Versão em Inglês   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Pantanal wetlands located in central South America, in the Upper Paraguay River Basin, is one of the largest continuous humid areas on the planet.
The great majority of Pantanal soils are sandy and sustain natural pastures used by native herbivores and beef cattle, which have been in the region for two centuries.
Research conducted at Embrapa Pantanal indicates that it is possible to use the region´s natural resources in a sustainable way, in agreement with alternative systems of nature utilization, such as ecological tourism and traditional systems, such as cattle ranching.
www.cpap.embrapa.br /ingles.html   (664 words)

 Pahrump Valley Times - Nye County's Largest Newspaper Circulation
The Pantanal during the rainy season from September through March is the world's largest wetland with 124,000 square miles under water - an area the size of England.
The Paraguay River is the principal source of incoming water for The Pantanal, pumping in 148 billion cubic feet of fresh water in the rainy season, a time when 80 percent of The Pantanal is flooded.
I was dropped off at a junction with the main highway from Sao Paulo and Campo Grande to Corumba, a miserable spot where the owner of a tiny kiosk relaxed in a hammock with his wife and seemed to be continually swatting away mosquitoes.
www.pahrumpvalleytimes.com /2006/02/24/news/pantanal.html   (1988 words)

 VIPTourBrazil.com - Specialist in Luxury Travel and Guided tours to Brazil
Pantanal is an ecological paradise, one of Brazil's most important natural reserves and the largest wetland area on the planet with the highest concentration of wildlife in the Americas.
The peak of the dry season is in October when the Pantanal resembles a dry African Savannah.
This is the only way possible to see the contrasts between the seasons and widen your vision about this magic place that marvels and enchants even the most demanding visitors.
www.viptourbrazil.com /destDetails.asp?selDestination=26   (400 words)

 Returning to the Pantanal - Vania da Silva Nunes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Continuing the trip, I went west on highway BR-262 crossing the southern portion of the Pantanal and arrived in Corumba, a town located on the margin of the Paraguay River and on the border with Bolivia.
The Pantanal also known as the Xaraies Sea, is a sedimentary floodplain and the largest wetland ecosystem in central South America.
The Pantanal once considered a pristine region, today is threatened by a variety of environmental impacts (i.e., mining, agriculture, etc) most of them originating on the upper land surrounding the Pantanal.
www.andetur.com.br /us/brazil/pantanal-cerrado/pantanaltours.htm   (1911 words)

 Terrestrial Ecoregions -- Pantanal (NT0907)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Pantanal comprises a mosaic of flooded grasslands and savannas, gallery forests, and dry forests.
The Pantanal is currently in relatively good condition, but several threats exist or loom on the horizon.
Probably the biggest future threat to the Pantanal is a massive modification of the Rio Paraguay and Paraná rivers, which is being planned to speed shipping and generate electricity.
nationalgeographic.com /wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/nt/nt0907.html   (482 words)

 The Pantanal
It is late October in the Pantanal, the world's biggest wetland, which spreads like a great webbed hand across the center of South America-from the Mato Grosso of southwestern Brazil into eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay, covering 77,200 square miles, an area the size of South Dakota.
The Pantanal has become the focal point of opposition to a massive development project called Hidrovia, which aims to create a shipping channel that would pierce the heart of the continent.
NINETY-NINE PERCENT of the land in the Pantanal is privately owned, and much of it is given over to fazendas -Texas-size cattle ranches, some as large as 1,000 square miles.
www.bluemacaws.org /pantart1.htm   (1654 words)

 Pantanal Complete   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
For instance, the Pantanal supports the most extensive remaining population of endangered jaguars outside of the Amazon basin, but their local ecology and population dynamics are relatively unknown.
Finally, the Pantanal’s abundance of wildlife is a growing interest to visitors to the area, who have their own impact on the ecosystem, and otters are among the most popular animal sights.
The Pantanal is the home of two coexisting species of otters, the neotropical river otter (Lontra longicaudis) and the giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), both of which are endangered and poorly known.
www.yorkschools.org /yms/Pantanal.html   (3393 words)

 EO News: South America's Vast Pantanal Wetland May Become Next Everglades, Experts Warn - March 21, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
South America’s giant Pantanal wetlands, one of the world’s most bio-diverse ecosystems, is at growing risk from intensive peripheral agricultural, industrial and urban development - problems expected to be compounded by climate change, United Nations University experts warn.
Straddling the territories of Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay, the Pantanal is a patchwork of lakes, lagoons, rivers, forest and forest islands.
Local cattle raising in the Pantanal has declined due to competition from highland cattle breeding where pastures may be used all year round.
earthobservatory.nasa.gov /Newsroom/MediaAlerts/2005/2005032118609.html   (1422 words)

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