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San Francisco:: A Natural History (Images of America)by Images Of America
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The 'real' San Francisco lies below the streets, sidewalks, and buildings, hidden from view. This famous city is known for its beautiful setting of water, trees, hills, and beaches, but relatively few people know of its true natural state. Before it
was built up and paved over, the earth here was a diverse ecosystem of creeks, marshes, sand dunes, estuaries, and densely forested hills. Over this landscape roamed elk, rabbit, bears, bobcat, and mountain lion, and the now-crowded bayfront teemed with mollusks, otters, dolphins, and whales, while huge flocks of birds blocked out the sun overhead. Today, only about two percent of the city"s natural areas remain as they were.
Book News Annotation:
San Francisco's natural attractions--featured in the book's many b&w photos--have caused many hearts to be left there. But Gaer (a San Francisco native, local historian, and natural-areas advocate) and Miller (an environmental reporter) chronicle how some of this scenic glory was due to hardwon efforts, as shown in images over time. The book includes information on the politics of urban preservation and volunteer opportunities for preserving natural habitat in the Bay area. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Collected by San Francisco historians Greg Gaar and Ryder W. Miller, these vintage photographs show a San Francisco that no longer exists. But in addition to an untouched natural landscape, readers will also see how nature adapted over time to coexist with a crowded modern city. It is a poignant and engrossing story that holds more relevance than ever as cities around the world attempt to reconcile their place in the natural order.
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