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The North Atlantic coast of North Americaand#151;commonly known as the Atlantic Coastand#151;extends from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras. This North Atlantic region belongs to the sea. The maritime influence on climate, flora, and fauna is dominant and#151; even far inland. Both on land and at sea, this region is where north meets south, where the great northern boreal forests intermingle with the southern coniferous-hardwood forests, and where the icy Labrador Current and the tropical Gulf Stream vie for supremacy and eventually mix. The Atlantic Coast draws upon the best and most up-to-date science on the ecology of the region as well as the authorand#8217;s lifetime experience as a resident, biologist, and naturalist. The book explores the geological origins of the region, the two major forest realms, and the main freshwater and marine ecosystems, and describes the flora and fauna that characterize each habitat. It ends with a look at what has been lost and how the remaining natural heritage of the region might be conserved for the future.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation

Review:

"Award-winning poet and environmental journalist Thurston (A Place Between the Tides) narrates the natural history of the Atlantic coast — the stretch of land from the glaciers of Nova Scotia to the barrier islands of the American South — and details the rich biological diversity that coexists with four of the country's biggest cities. Mixing observations, in-depth research, and vivid prose, Thurston explores the region's geologic, ecologic, and cultural history, from the plate tectonics that created the landscape millions of years ago to the recent legislation protecting the degraded waterways of the east coast. Barrett's gorgeous color photographs of land, sea, and sky supplement Thurston's vivid descriptions, reminding us of our country's great beauty. Thurston's account emphasizes the interconnectedness of all things and warns against the 'cascade effect,' in which specific occasions of species extinction or habitat destruction can have disastrous impact on the overall health of the environment. The wealth of resources that brought settlers to the Americas is now threatened by overconsumption, pollution, human encroachment, and climate change. By illuminating the relationships between organisms and their environment, Thurston hopes to instill a better understanding of our role in the Atlantic ecosystem and, hopefully, inspire the will to protect it. Agent: Dean Cooke, the Cooke Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Harry Thurstonand#160;is the author of several collections of poetry and twelve nonfiction books, including A Place Between the Tides: A Naturalistand#8217;s Reflections on the Salt Marsh, which received the 2005 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He has also written for such magazines as Audubon and National Geographic. Thurston lives in Nova Scotia.

Wayne Barrett is a partner in Barrett and MacKay Photography. His photographs have been featured in advertisements, magazines, and calendars and have appeared in numerous books. He lives in Prince Edward Island.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 The Atlantic Realm 7

Where North Meets South

2 Oceans and Mountains 39

The Geology and Paleontology of the Atlantic Coast

3 The Atlantic Hinterland 77

Forests of the Atlantic Coast

4 Between the Capes 117

The Mid-Atlantic Bight

5 Tides of Life 153

The Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy

6 River into the Sea 199

The Gulf of St. Lawrence

7 Great Currents and Grand Banks 235

Newfoundland and Labrador

8 The Altered Realm 277

The Once and Future Atlantic

Photographerand#8217;s Acknowledgments 304

Further Reading 305

Scientific Names 311

Index 36

Panel of expert reviewers:

Dr. Graham Daborn

Founder

Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research

Acadia University,

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Dr. David Garbary

Professor of Biology and Co-ordinator--Interdisciplinary Studies in Aquatic Resources

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Brian Harrington, Senior Shorebird Biologist

Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Manomet, Massachusetts

Dr. Peter Larsen

Senior Research Scientist

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

West Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Dr. Donald F. McAlpine

Chair, Department of Natural Science

Head, Zoology Section

New Brunswick Museum Saint John, N.B.

Dr. Paul E. Olsen

Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University

Palisades, New York

Dr. George Rose

Head, Fisheries Conservation,

Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland,

St. John's, Newfoundland

Dr. Boris Worm

Assistant Professor

and Head, The Worm Lab for Marine Conservation,

Department of Biology

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Product Details

ISBN:
9781553654469
Author:
Thurston, Harry
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Author:
Barrett, Wayne
Subject:
Physics
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120 color photos, 35 BandW illustrations
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
10 x 7.5 in

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Earth Sciences
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Coasts
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics

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