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Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help save Themby Heather Hansen
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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.
A close-up look at some of the world's most endangered locales examines the environmental factors that are threatening to destroy them forever, from the thousands of visitors causing erosion at Machu Picchu, to the global warming that is causing the disappearance of glaciers from Glacier National Park or the logging that is destroying the rainforests of the Congo Basin. Original. 30,000 first printing.
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
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
The Rio Grande
Yellowstone National Park
Banks Island, Northwest Territories
Hudson Bay, Manitoba and Nunavut
Inside Passage, British Columbia
Bioluminescent Bays, Puerto Rico
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