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Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them (Vintage Departures Original)

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A beautiful and memorable look at some of the most gorgeous endangered places on the planet.

Machu Picchu is a mesmerizing, ancient Incan city tucked away in the mountains of Peru, but it is rapidly being worn down by the thousands of feet treading across its stones. Glacier National Park is a destination long known for the stunning beauty of its ice floes, but in our lifetimes it will have no glaciers due to global warming. In the biobays of Puerto Rico swimmers can float in a sea shimmering with bioluminescent life, but sediment being churned up by development is killing the dinoflagellates that produce the eerie and beautiful glow. And in the Congo Basin of Africa, where great apes roam freely in lush, verdant rainforests, logging is quickly destroying the vast life-giving canopies. These places-along with many others across the globe-are changing as we speak due to global warming, environmental degradation, overuse, and natural causes.

From the Boreal Forests in Finland to the Yangtze River Valley in China, 37 Places to See Before They Disappear is a treasure trove of geographic wonder, and a guide to these threatened destinations and what is being done to save them.

Review:

"The expression 'tourist hot spot' takes on new meaning in this fact-packed survey of travel destinations endangered by global warming, environmental degradation, predatory logging, mining and fishing and the impact of too many tourists. In 37 essays, travel journalists Lisagor and Hansen vividly document places in peril, ranging from the ocean nations of Tuvalu and the Maldives, slowly submerging beneath rising waters, to the historic ski chalets of the Alps, where snow is falling less and melting faster. The catalogue of disasters is chilling: the glaciers are vanishing from America's Glacier National Park; the ancient city of Timbuktu in central Mali is succumbing to desertification; warming seas are bleaching Australia's Great Barrier Reef; dry winters and inept water management have drained life from the Rio Grande; and the relentless march of hundreds of thousands of enthralled tourists is causing irrevocable damage to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. The authors' accounts of how the world's beauty is being despoiled, based on sharp on-site reporting, are a cautionary call to arms for tourists to fight environmental excesses and, when traveling, to tread lightly." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Two avid travelers take a beautiful and memorable look at some of the most gorgeous endangered places on the planet, from the mesmerizing ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu to the Congo Basin of Africa, where great apes roam freely.

About the Author

Heather Hansen has worked on staff at Boston magazine, the Sunday Independent (Johannesburg, South Africa) and the Provincetown Banner, where she wrote extensively on people and the environment. She won the Harper's magazine award for Distinguished Magazine Writing in 1999, and has contributed to two books by Gail Sheehy: Middletown, America and Hillary's Choice. Heather has political science and English degrees from Mount Holyoke College and a masters in journalism from UC Berkeley. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Kimberly Lisagor is a freelance journalist who has written about travel and the environment for Outside, Mother Jones, Men's Journal, National

Geographic Adventure, USA Weekend, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and others. She is the author of Outside's Wilderness Lodge Vacations

(W.W. Norton & Co., 2004), which won the Lowell Thomas Award for best guidebook and an Award of Excellence from the North American Travel Journalists Association. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword By Pico Iyer

Introduction

NORTH AMERICA

United States

Appalachia

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

The Cascades and Mount Rainier, Washington

Casco Bay, Maine

The Everglades, Florida

Glacier National Park, Montana

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Inner and Outer Banks, North Carolina

Napa Valley, California

Oahu, Hawaii

The Rio Grande

Yellowstone National Park

Canada

Banks Island, Northwest Territories

Hudson Bay, Manitoba and Nunavut

Inside Passage, British Columbia

The Caribbean

Bioluminescent Bays, Puerto Rico

Roatán, Honduras

Turks and Caicos Islands

SOUTH AMERICA

Amazon Basin

Aysén, Patagonia, Chile

Chacaltaya, Bolivia

Galápagos, Ecuador

Machu Picchu, Peru

EUROPE & THE MIDDLE EAST

The Alps

Boreal Forest, Lapland, Finland

Canary Islands, Spain

Danube River and Delta

Dead Sea, Israel and Jordan

Venice, Italy

AFRICA

Congo Basin, Central Africa

Maasailand, Kenya

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Timbuktu, Mali

ASIA, PACIFIC ISLANDS, AND AUSTRALIA

Everest National Park, Nepal

Tuvalu and Maldives

Yangtze River Valley, China

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Appendix A: Responsible Travel Resources

Appendix B: Regional Advocacy Organizations

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307277367
Author:
Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Lisagor, Kimberly
Author:
Hansen, Heather
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Nature conservation
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Departures Original
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 HALFTONES AND 7 MAPS
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.00x5.20x.90 in. .94 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The expression 'tourist hot spot' takes on new meaning in this fact-packed survey of travel destinations endangered by global warming, environmental degradation, predatory logging, mining and fishing and the impact of too many tourists. In 37 essays, travel journalists Lisagor and Hansen vividly document places in peril, ranging from the ocean nations of Tuvalu and the Maldives, slowly submerging beneath rising waters, to the historic ski chalets of the Alps, where snow is falling less and melting faster. The catalogue of disasters is chilling: the glaciers are vanishing from America's Glacier National Park; the ancient city of Timbuktu in central Mali is succumbing to desertification; warming seas are bleaching Australia's Great Barrier Reef; dry winters and inept water management have drained life from the Rio Grande; and the relentless march of hundreds of thousands of enthralled tourists is causing irrevocable damage to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. The authors' accounts of how the world's beauty is being despoiled, based on sharp on-site reporting, are a cautionary call to arms for tourists to fight environmental excesses and, when traveling, to tread lightly." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Two avid travelers take a beautiful and memorable look at some of the most gorgeous endangered places on the planet, from the mesmerizing ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu to the Congo Basin of Africa, where great apes roam freely.
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