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The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples

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In "The Eternal Frontier, " scientist and historian Flannery tells the story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, to the present day. Illustrations.

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In The Eternal Frontier, world-renowned scientist and historian Tim Flannery tells the unforgettable story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, to the present day. Flannery describes the development of North America's deciduous forests and other flora, and tracks the immigration and emigration of various animals to and from Europe, Asia, and South America, showing how plant and animal species have either adapted or become extinct. The story takes in the massive changes wrought by the ice ages and the coming of the Indians, and continues right up to the present, covering the deforestation of the Northeast, the decimation of the buffalo, and other facets of the enormous impact of frontier settlement and the development of the industrial might of the United States. Natural history on a monumental scale, The Eternal Frontier contains an enormous wealth of fascinating scientific details, and Flannery's accessible and dynamic writing makes the book a delight to read. This is science writing at its very best — a riveting page-turner that is simultaneously an accessible and scholarly trove of incredible information that is already being hailed by critics as a classic. "Tim Flannery's account ... will fascinate Americans and non-Americans alike." — Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel "No one before Flannery ... has been brave enough to tackle the whole pageant of North America." — David Quammen, the New York Times Book Review "Tim Flannery's book will forever change your perspective on the North American continent ... Exhilarating." — John Terborgh, The New York Review of Books "Full of engaging and attention-catching information about North America's geology, climate, and paleontology." — Patricia Nelson Limerick, the Washington Post Book World "Natural history par excellence." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This gutsy Aussie may have read our landscape and ecological history with greater clarity than any native son." — David A. Burney, Natural History "A fascinating, current, and insightful look at our familiar history from a larger perspective." — David Bezanson, Austin-American Statesman "The scope of [Flannery's] story is huge, and his research exhaustive." — Lauren Gravitz, The Christian Science Monitor

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redowney, December 30, 2009 (view all comments by redowney)
This is an excellent survey of our continental history from the time of the asteroid impact some 65 million years ago. The varied evolution(s) of continental flora and fauna, in and out migrations, and the impact of humanity -- and nature's impact on humankind -- are detailed in an easily accessible, learned and often witty narrative. This volume is a keeper for the general reader, the natural historian and the "green" activist desiring background for future policy.

Highly recommended.
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ISBN:
9780802138880
Author:
Flannery, Tim
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-341
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of color and BandW illustrations
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 21.5 oz

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In The Eternal Frontier, world-renowned scientist and historian Tim Flannery tells the unforgettable story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, to the present day. Flannery describes the development of North America's deciduous forests and other flora, and tracks the immigration and emigration of various animals to and from Europe, Asia, and South America, showing how plant and animal species have either adapted or become extinct. The story takes in the massive changes wrought by the ice ages and the coming of the Indians, and continues right up to the present, covering the deforestation of the Northeast, the decimation of the buffalo, and other facets of the enormous impact of frontier settlement and the development of the industrial might of the United States. Natural history on a monumental scale, The Eternal Frontier contains an enormous wealth of fascinating scientific details, and Flannery's accessible and dynamic writing makes the book a delight to read. This is science writing at its very best — a riveting page-turner that is simultaneously an accessible and scholarly trove of incredible information that is already being hailed by critics as a classic. "Tim Flannery's account ... will fascinate Americans and non-Americans alike." — Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel "No one before Flannery ... has been brave enough to tackle the whole pageant of North America." — David Quammen, the New York Times Book Review "Tim Flannery's book will forever change your perspective on the North American continent ... Exhilarating." — John Terborgh, The New York Review of Books "Full of engaging and attention-catching information about North America's geology, climate, and paleontology." — Patricia Nelson Limerick, the Washington Post Book World "Natural history par excellence." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This gutsy Aussie may have read our landscape and ecological history with greater clarity than any native son." — David A. Burney, Natural History "A fascinating, current, and insightful look at our familiar history from a larger perspective." — David Bezanson, Austin-American Statesman "The scope of [Flannery's] story is huge, and his research exhaustive." — Lauren Gravitz, The Christian Science Monitor
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