The amazonian rainforest

Why so much biodiversity?




Most of the Amazon region is covered by a forest with a surface area of around 6 million square kilometres. It has existed for around 50 million years and has undergone major disturbances but never resetting like in our latitudes following the ice ages. 200,000 species have been identified there to date taking all groups together which gives an estimated total of 1.8 million.

The exhibition "Année internationale des forêts" (International Year of Forests) was designed by the CNRS in French Guiana in collaboration with the CNRS Communication Department and CNRS Images and presents 20 large photos with legends. It offers an overview of research carried out in the Amazonian rain forest by CNRS teams - 2011

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Digital version

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Editorial and graphic design and production

Project coordination: INEE, CNRS Images, DirCom CNRS
Scientific direction of the project: Martine Hossaert
Scientific council: René Bally, Bruno David, Bruno Di Gusto, Pierre Charles-Dominique, Jérôme Orivel, Catherine Soler.
Photos: © Claude DELHAYE (CNRS Images) - Damien Davy: CNRS photo library
Texts and captions: Alain Pavé and Gaëlle Fornet (CNRS Guyane)

Exhibition panels description

20 panels - 77 x 117 cm with steel tubes at the top and bottom of each panel - minimum weight 2kg per panel, i.e. a total of at least 40 kg + formwork

Description of digital format

20 panels - total weight: 804 MB for printing at the printer of your choice

Booking information

The loan is free of charge for a free presentation to your public, after signing a loan agreement.
The exhibitions can be complemented by a selection of films recommended by our scientific mediation officer.

Conditions for the loan of panels

Loan in the Paris area only: the transport costs for the sets of panels are to be paid by the borrower.

Loan conditions in digital format

Printing costs for digital versions are to be borne by the borrower.

Our media related to this exhibition

CNRS Images,

Our work is guided by the way scientists question the world around them and we translate their research into images to help people to understand the world better and to awaken their curiosity and wonderment.