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While other books play the blame game of what went wrong on the Deepwater Horizon and who is responsible, Shadows on the Gulf offers a surprising, harder truth: As bad as the oil spill was, it doesn't touch the damage done to the Gulf every year by what one expert in the book calls "a 100-year catastrophe."

Readers who believe they know the story will find their thinking changed by Rowan Jacobsen's surprising perspective: At the height of BP's dispersant madness, the amount sprayed each day merely equaled the amount of dispersant that washes down the Mississippi from the Heartland's dishwashers and washing machines. The Gulf's shrimpers have damaged the region's ecology as much as BP has. The acres of marsh destroyed by oil slicks can't compare to the amount that disappears in every hurricane, thanks to the work of the Army Corp of Engineers. And even if we save every mile of beach and wetland from the oil spill, the entire Mississippi Delta will still be lost in the next forty years, and New Orleans will sink beneath the waves, an American Atlantis.

Shadows on the Gulf reveals the key players in this catastrophe and explains why it will affect quality of life for us all. In doing so, it celebrates the little-recognized global wonder in our backyard. Not only are the Gulf's wetlands the best oyster reefs and fish nurseries in the world, they also provide critical habitat to most of America's migratory songbirds and waterfowl, as well as a home base for the energy and shipping industries. If the Gulf is allowed to fail, the effects will ripple across America. And fail it will, unless a national effort is made to save it.

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This sad and timely volume on the ecological degradation of the American Gulf Coast describes the historical and ongoing destruction of the coastlines, wetlands and marine ecosystems of the region only recently brought so forcefully to the attention of the general public by the British Petroleum oil leak and cleanup disaster. The work is both an ecological and natural history, discussing quantifiable biological damages as well as the effects of disaster and degradation on indigenous peoples, food supplies and Gulf culture. Jacobsen writes about food, culture and the natural world and is the author of the award winning A Geography of Oysters. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Rowan Jacobsen is the James Beard Award- winning author of

A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless

Fall, The Living Shore, and

American Terroir. He has written about food,

place, and the natural world for Harper's,

Newsweek, Eating Well, and

others, and his commentaries on the Gulf crisis have appeared in

Outside magazine and the New York

Times and on MSNBC. He was raised in Florida and attended

school on the Gulf Coast.

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bunkielisa, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by bunkielisa)
I grew up in Louisiana. This book details how the ecosystem of the Gulf has been used and abused, sometimes by well-meaning people, sometimes not, and it breaks my heart for my home state and the entire region.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781608195817
Author:
Jacobsen, Rowan
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Conservation
Subject:
Protection
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
English language teaching (ELT)
Subject:
nvironmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8-pg color insert
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in

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