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Brazilian Journal of Biology
Print version ISSN 1519-6984
MERCANTE, MA; RODRIGUES, SC and ROSS, JLS. Geomorphology and habitat diversity in the Pantanal. Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2011, vol.71, n.1, suppl.1, pp. 233-240. ISSN 1519-6984. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1519-69842011000200002.
The present study deals with the inter-relations in the relief which forms the Bacia do Alto Rio Paraguay (BAP) in mid-west Brazil. The overall aim is to discuss the relationship between relief forms and the biodiversity of the Pantanal. The BAP is a natural environmental system with contrasts in two of the compartments on which it is formed: the plateau, the most elevated compartment, highly transformed by human activities, and the plain which forms the Pantanal, which is more preserved and less transformed in relation to productive activities. The analysis was performed based on publications with a geomorphologic focus, examining the different relief units of the BAP and the dynamics of the revealing processes of landscape change which the Pantanal has undergone since the end of the Pleistocene.
Keywords : Pantanal geomorphology; biodiversity; relief.