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The Jade Coast: Ecology of the North Pacific Ocean
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The verdant coastline from northern California to southeast Alaska bursts into a rich hue of jade green when the sun emerges from behind a brooding canopy of cloud. This is the Jade Coast - brooding in winter, sparkling in summer and always abounding with life.
The coastal waters of the Jade Coast support over 400 species of fish, 161 species of marine birds, 29 marine mammals and over 6500 species of invertebrates. The sheer abundance of some of these animals is staggering. The rivers support some of the largest salmon runs in the world. The estuaries and bays support millions of birds whose migrations span the western hemisphere. In the offshore waters, whales from Mexico and Hawaii feed below the ocean surface.
Among the myriad of islands, fjords, and channels are quiet coves within earshot of raging tidal passages, and near-Mediterranean climates within sight of rainforests and mountain-top glaciers. This mosaic of habitats and associated life forms make the evergreen shores of the North Pacific a Shangri La for the naturalist.
More than 80 stunning photographs grace The Jade Coast, and bring the book's important messages to life.
Book News Annotation:
General readers and students can explore the Jade Coast, from northern California to southeast Alaska, through color photos and discussion of classical and recent ideas in ecology and conservation of the sea and shore. Butler has been a park naturalist, a wildlife biologist, and a government wildlife scientist. The book is distributed in the US by Firefly Books, Ltd. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Jade Coast is the story of the ecology of the North Pacific Ocean. The book begins with a primer on some basic concepts in ecology and then launches into a journey far out to sea in the realm of the westerly wind. Readers will scramble along rocky shores, pick away among boulder-strewn beaches, wade in eelgrass meadows, and slop through mudflat ooze. Along the way, they will be introduced to some current, classical and contentious ideas in ecology and conservation of the sea and shore. More than 40stunning photographs complement The Jade Coast and bring to life the books important messages
An illustrated look at one of North America's unique ecosystems: the coastal waters and watershed from northern California through to southeast Alaska.
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