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Prairie: A Natural History

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Publisher Comments:

Over 2 million square miles of the United States is covered in prairie and is the largest ecosystem on the continent; the prairies are the heartland of the continent, a vast, windswept plain that flows from Alberta south to Texas and from the Rockies east to the Mississippi River. This is big sky country, and until recently, one of the richest and most magnificent natural grasslands in the world. Today, however, the North American prairies are among the most altered environments on Earth. Thorough, detailed, and scientifically up-to-date, Prairie: A Natural History provides a comprehensive nontechnical guide to the biology and ecology of this fabled environment, offering a view of the past, a vision for the future, and a clear focus on the present. Sidebars throughout highlight various grasslands species, tell fascinating natural history and conservation stories, and present the traditional Native view of the prairie and its inhabitants.

Review:

"'There are people who think of the prairie as boring, and it is hard not to pity them.' Bergen's forthright and fetching celebration of America's grasslands sometimes feels almost as personal as it is informative, as the author, who's written numerous books (including Wild Cats and Born to Be a Cowgirl), traces the prairie from prehistory to the present. She shares her enthusiasm for her subject as easily as she shares facts about prairie ecosystems-their geography and climate, their flora and fauna, their taming by agriculture and their uncertain future. Photographs by James R. Page reveal the prairie in its vast, rolling spaces as well as in its intimate corners, where pincushion cacti bloom and red-winged blackbirds perch on cattails. Sidebars offer all sorts of additional information (on ants, droughts and skunks, just to name a few things) and maps and b&w illustrations further enliven the pages. Savage's instructive main text is lucid and thorough, making this a fantastic guide to North America's largest ecosystem." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781550549850
Subtitle:
A Natural History
Author:
Williams, Joan A.
Author:
Savage, Candace Sherk
Author:
Savage, Candace
Author:
Page, James R.
Publisher:
Greystone Books
Location:
Vancouver
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Nature & Wildlife
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Plants - Grasses
Subject:
Prairies
Subject:
Prairie ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Ecosystems
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
46
Publication Date:
20040803
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120 color photos, 100 BandW illustration
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
10 x 7.5 in 2.35 lb

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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Natural History » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Natural Science

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Product details 320 pages Greystone Books - English 9781550549850 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'There are people who think of the prairie as boring, and it is hard not to pity them.' Bergen's forthright and fetching celebration of America's grasslands sometimes feels almost as personal as it is informative, as the author, who's written numerous books (including Wild Cats and Born to Be a Cowgirl), traces the prairie from prehistory to the present. She shares her enthusiasm for her subject as easily as she shares facts about prairie ecosystems-their geography and climate, their flora and fauna, their taming by agriculture and their uncertain future. Photographs by James R. Page reveal the prairie in its vast, rolling spaces as well as in its intimate corners, where pincushion cacti bloom and red-winged blackbirds perch on cattails. Sidebars offer all sorts of additional information (on ants, droughts and skunks, just to name a few things) and maps and b&w illustrations further enliven the pages. Savage's instructive main text is lucid and thorough, making this a fantastic guide to North America's largest ecosystem." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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