Synopses & Reviews
"In the delta, water is boss, change is the only constant, and creation and destruction exist side by side."
The Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta is a globally significant wetland that lies within one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in North America. Arguably the world's largest boreal inland delta, it is renowned for its biological productivity and is a central feature of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet the delta and its indigenous cultures lie downstream of Alberta's bitumen sands, whose exploitation comprises one of the largest industrial projects in the world. Kevin Timoney provides an authoritative synthesis of the science and history of the delta, describing its ecology, unraveling its millennia-long history, and addressing its uncertain future. Scientists, students, leaders in the energy sector, government officials and policy makers, and conscientious citizens everywhere should read this lively work.
An environmental researcher in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Timoney profiles the delta that has developed where the Peace River empties into Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta, characterizing it as a wetland jewel within one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in North America. He discusses the delta as a physical and biological system, processes of change, the history of environmental change, human activity, and the future. Among specific topics are physical environment and landforms, fauna and wildlife, climate and climate change, the natural and historical records of change, human history before the 20th century, and human effects on the delta region. Color maps and other illustrations abound. Distributed in the US by Wayne State University Press. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)