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California Natural History Guides #61: Natural History of the Islands of California

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Islands have always been fascinating places, their separateness evoking a sense of mystery and inspiring a yearning for exploration. California's islands are unique evolutionary laboratories, places where plants and animals have grown and interacted in isolation for millions of years. This comprehensive book discusses both the human and the natural history of the islands of California, including all eight Channel Islands, Año Nuevo, the Farallons, and the islands of San Francisco Bay. It is also useful as a field guide for visitors, and details on reaching the islands are contained in the first chapter.

The authors explore the formation of the islands; discuss the history of human habitation, beginning with the Native Americans who first visited the islands 12,000 years ago; and provide a thorough introduction to the marine and terrestrial biotas of the islands. The authors also discuss past damage and ongoing threats to island ecosystems, including devastation caused by the introduction of non-native animals and plants. Large herbivorous animals in particular have caused considerable damage, since island plants evolved in the absence of herbivores and therefore have no defenses against them.

At present all of California's islands are managed by conservancies and public agencies such as the National Park Service and State Park system, and various environmental organizations are working with them to return the islands to their original condition.

Synopsis:

A book on California's islands that deals with their natural history and geology as well as the history of human habitation.

Synopsis:

"This is a rich slice of information about California's islands —and so complete that it includes the less-well-known Farallon and San Francisco Bay islands. The authors' well-chosen language, style, approach, organization, and illustrations combine to carry one along like a raft passenger on a fast-moving river. I highly recommend it."—Michael G. Barbour, author of California's Changing Landscapes

"Rich in biological fact and historical anecdote, this book takes us into worlds that are made dynamic by geological, evolutionary, and human events. It shows how lively and eventful California's natural landscapes really are."—Peter Steinhart, author of The Company of Wolves

"This book is the best source easily available to those interested in the California islands' natural history. It gives a good overview for beginning students and the uninitiated, and enough details for more advanced audiences."—Lyndal Laughrin, Director, Santa Cruz Island Reserve, University of California

About the Author

Allan A. Schoenherr is Professor of Ecology at Fullerton College and author of A Natural History of California (California, 1992). C. Robert Feldmeth was Professor of Biology at The Claremont Colleges until his death in 1994. Michael J. Emerson (1954-1989) studied with Robert Feldmeth and wrote his master's thesis on the Channel Islands. David Mooney is a San Diego artist specializing in wildlife art and illustration.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520211971
Author:
Mooney, David
Author:
Emerson, Michael J.
Author:
Schoenherr, Allan A.
Author:
l J. Emerson
Author:
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Author:
Feldmeth, C. Robert
Author:
Mooney, David
Author:
Emerson, Mich&amp
Author:
J.L.
Author:
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Author:
Emerson, Michael J.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Geography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Islands -- California.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Natural history -- California.
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Physics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Natural History Guides (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
61
Publication Date:
20030710
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55 color photos, 88 b/w photographs, 100
Pages:
502
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 1.14 lb

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Product details 502 pages University of California Press - English 9780520211971 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A book on California's islands that deals with their natural history and geology as well as the history of human habitation.
"Synopsis" by ,
"This is a rich slice of information about California's islands —and so complete that it includes the less-well-known Farallon and San Francisco Bay islands. The authors' well-chosen language, style, approach, organization, and illustrations combine to carry one along like a raft passenger on a fast-moving river. I highly recommend it."—Michael G. Barbour, author of California's Changing Landscapes

"Rich in biological fact and historical anecdote, this book takes us into worlds that are made dynamic by geological, evolutionary, and human events. It shows how lively and eventful California's natural landscapes really are."—Peter Steinhart, author of The Company of Wolves

"This book is the best source easily available to those interested in the California islands' natural history. It gives a good overview for beginning students and the uninitiated, and enough details for more advanced audiences."—Lyndal Laughrin, Director, Santa Cruz Island Reserve, University of California

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