Tropical lowland: the Amazon River, Brazil

United States, 1949

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Episode of series “The Earth and its peoples”
The Amazon River drains two-fifths of the continent of South America and varies in width from a mile to 800 miles at its mouth. Rain falls nearly every day, the climate hot and humid and the rain forest is almost impenetrable. Travel is almost entirely by water. Products are rosewood, brazil nuts, rubber, jute, cocoa. We are shown a family living in primitive conditions and the effect an unhealthy climate can have upon people and their development.

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Jules Bucher

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Louis de Rochemont Associates



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The Earth and its peoples

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Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Amazon River

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Brazil - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Geography

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → South America - Description and travel

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Rain forests - Amazon River Region

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Vegetation and climate


Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Brazil - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Ethnology

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → South America - Social conditions

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Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Geography

Places → Amazon River

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Short films → Short films - United States




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