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The Northwest Coast: A Natural History

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ISBN13: 9780881921427
ISBN10: 0881921424
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Coastal regions offer the observer a unique perspective on the forces of nature in conflict. The geologic forces that created and continue to shape the continent's edge in conjunction with factors of climate and oceanography produce wildlife zones of fascinating complexity. Nowhere is this truer than in the Northwest from Cape Mendocino to Cape Flattery, a young coast which also has the last vestiges of seashore wilderness in the continental U.S.A.

The author's aim has been not to provide a conventional field guide — there are many such available — but rather to provide insights into the relationships among the sea and the land and the living creatures they support. Starting in the coastal waters with their populations of marine animals and seabirds, the author examines the successive habitats found landward, from seashore, estuaries, dune, and freshwater wetlands to the great temperate conifer forests so characteristic of the region.

The reader will learn how the coastal environment molded the bodies and behavior of its inhabitants over the millenia, and how these creatures, in turn, changed their environments; the forces controlling their abundance, distribution, growth, and reproduction are explained in non-technical language, drawing upon several branches of scientific inquiry.

Book News Annotation:

Not a field guide (though guidees would be well advised to carry it along), but rather an examination of the relationships among the sea and land from Cape Mendocino to Cape Flattery. Starting in the coastal waters with their populations of marine animals and seabirds, the author examines the successive habitats found landward, from seashore, estuaries, dune, and freshwater wetlands to the great temperate conifer forests. With 19 color plates and many line drawings. Acidic paper.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This fascinating book provides a rich synthesis of geology, climatology, and oceanography as the backdrop for an examination of the animal and plant communities of the West Coast from Cape Mendocino to Cape Flattery. It provides insight into the relationship between sea and land and the living creatures they support.

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William Wadsworth, December 19, 2007 (view all comments by William Wadsworth)
This is a wonderful reference book for natives, returnees, and those new to the Northwest Coast. It explains the natural history of the coast in detail and I find myself returning to it again and again for an explanation of the things I see on my walks. Where else would I learn that in the forest behind my house slugs are 50 pounds to the acre! (No wonder our Dahlias are constantly under siege!) My advice is to get a copy of this out-of-print book while it's available.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780881921427
Subtitle:
(a natural history )
Author:
Schultz, Stewart T.
Publisher:
Timber Press (OR)
Location:
Portland, Or. :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Northwest Coast of North America
Subject:
Natural history -- Northwest Coast of North America.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
al-juz® 1
Publication Date:
c1990
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
389 p., 12 p. of plates
Dimensions:
9.39x6.43x1.43 in. 2.23 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » History
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Nature
History and Social Science » Pacific Northwest » Oregon » Coast

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Product details 389 p., 12 p. of plates pages Timber Press (OR) - English 9780881921427 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This fascinating book provides a rich synthesis of geology, climatology, and oceanography as the backdrop for an examination of the animal and plant communities of the West Coast from Cape Mendocino to Cape Flattery. It provides insight into the relationship between sea and land and the living creatures they support.
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