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Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark

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Often referred to as America's national epic of exploration, the 28-month Lewis and Clark expedition was certainly America's greatest odyssey. Commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off on the greatest wilderness trip ever recorded. Beginning in St. Louis, they navigated up the Missouri River and through the prairies, enduring a winter with the Mandan Indians in North Dakota, reaching the summit of the Rocky Mountains and then following the Columbia River to their final destination, the Pacific Ocean.

Trained in natural history and in the methods of collecting plant and animal samples, Lewis and Clark carefully and meticulously recorded the conditions of the rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, and wildlife of pre-industrial America. Now, in this new edition of Our Natural History, Daniel B. Botkin, a distinguished botanist and naturalist, re-creates the grand journey--taking us on an exciting ecological adventure back to the landscape of the great American West. In retracing their steps, Botkin reveals what this western landscape actually looked like and how much it's been changed by modern civilization and technology. With fresh insight, Botkin shows us that from the explorers' observations, we can learn much about the environment of our past, our environment today, and what our environment might be in the future.

Now with a new Afterword marking the 200th anniversary of the expedition, this timely and thought-provoking book captures our imagination and stimulates our sentiment with lessons about our environment and our place within it. Our Natural History offers a stunning and rare portrait of the rugged, beautiful, disappearing wilderness of the American West.

About the Author

Daniel Botkin is President of the Center for the Study of the Environment in Santa Barbara, California, and Research Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than one hundred books and articles, including Discordant Harmonies (OUP 2000).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195168297
Author:
Botkin, Daniel B
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Botkin, Daniel B.
Author:
Botkin, Daniel
Author:
null, Daniel
Location:
New York
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Subject:
History, American | Early 19th Century
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Natural history -- West (U.S.)
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
24th
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map, 1 halftone
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.45x6.81x.83 in. 1.07 lbs.

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