The Atlantic Coast

A Natural History

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Author: Harry Thurston

Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd

ISBN: 1553654463

Category: Nature

Page: 327

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Presents a look at the northern Atlantic Coast of North America, describing its ecosystems; forest realms; geological structures; the fish, bird, and plant life that flourish there; and the conservation efforts that have been made to preserve it.

A Natural History of Quiet Waters

Swamps and Wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Coast

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Author: Curtis J. Badger

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813926186

Category: History

Page: 143

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Although swamps today are recognized as one of the richest and most prolific natural systems on Earth, they have long held a mysterious and tenuous place in America’s history and culture. Ernest Hemingway equated them with madness and death in "Big Two-hearted River." We have images of Humphrey Bogart covered with leeches while slogging through a swamp in the film The African Queen. In our culture, swamps have been associated with mystery and evil, and we spent generations draining, filling, and otherwise destroying them. Indeed, in the four centuries since the European colonists arrived, we have lost more than half of the forested wetlands that were native to America. Swamps have until now received little attention, despite recent efforts to protect them. With A Natural History of Quiet Waters: Swamps and Wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Coast, Curtis Badger takes us on a personalized trip to the swamp, providing an insightful look at the nature of these special places, and arguing persuasively that these natural systems should be protected, not destroyed. Using such locations as the Pocomoke River and the Great Dismal Swamp as exemplars of swamps in general, Badger examines the natural history of wetlands, and also relates the role they have played in the history and culture of the mid-Atlantic coast. A great iron furnace and its surrounding village once stood in a cypress swamp along Nassawango Creek in Maryland. The Great Dismal was a safe haven for runaway slaves, and it has been the source of many ghostly tales and legends. Although swamps have for centuries been cast in a negative light, they are wonderfully productive places, a refuge for migrating songbirds, insects, fish, animals, and rare plants. Swamps and wetlands provide us with clean water, they protect uplands from flooding, and their waters serve as a spawning ground for valuable fish and shellfish. And, Badger writes, they provide us with an island of forested wilderness, a place where one can launch a canoe and temporarily escape the irritations of the modern world. Notwithstanding the government’s goal of "no net loss" of wetlands, swamps are still being drained, filled, and paved over each year. With this book, Badger invites us to appreciate these special places and the natural communities they support.

Atlantic Shorelines

Natural History and Ecology

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Author: Mark D. Bertness

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 431

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Atlantic Shorelines is an introduction to the natural history and ecology of shoreline communities on the East Coast of North America. Writing for a broad audience, Mark Bertness examines how distinctive communities of plants and animals are generated on rocky shores and in salt marshes, mangroves, and soft sediment beaches on Atlantic shorelines. The book provides a comprehensive background for understanding the basic principles of intertidal ecology and the unique conditions faced by intertidal organisms. It describes the history of the Atlantic Coast, tides, and near-shore oceanographic processes that influence shoreline organisms; explains primary production in shoreline systems, intertidal food webs, and the way intertidal organisms survive; sets out the unusual reproductive challenges of living in an intertidal habitat, and the role of recruitment in shaping intertidal communities; and outlines how biological processes like competition, predation, facilitation, and ecosystem engineering generate the spatial structure of intertidal communities. The last part of the book focuses on the ecology of the three main shoreline habitats--rocky shores, soft sediment beaches, and shorelines vegetated with salt marsh plants and mangroves--and discusses in detail conservation issues associated with each of them.

A Special Place in History

The Atlantic Coast in the Nicaraguan Revolution

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Author: Jane Freeland

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Indians of Central America

Page: 127

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A Sierra Club naturalist's guide to the North Atlantic coast

Cape Cod to Newfoundland

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Author: Michael Berrill,Deborah Berrill,Sierra Club

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780871562432

Category: Nature

Page: 464

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As well as the general geology and climate of this region, there is extensive coverage on the marine habitats for animal and plant life that these coastlines contain.

Atlantic Coast Beaches

A Guide to Ripples, Dunes, and Other Natural Features of the Seashore

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Author: William J. Neal,Orrin H. Pilkey,Joseph T. Kelley

Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 250

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At first glance, the beach may appear to be an endless, flat, monotone landscape meant only for swimming, snoozing, or working on your tan. Upon closer inspection, though, the beach reveals that it has myriad treasures for the curious to locate, such as ephemeral beach ripples decorating the sand, traces of miniature organisms inscribed on dunes, and armored mudballs. Atlantic Coast beaches, from Maine to Florida, are full of amazing features formed by the interactions between tides, currents, bedrock, weather, beach critters, and much more. Written for a general audience, Atlantic Coast Beaches: A Guide to Ripples, Dunes, and Other Natural Features of the Seashore covers everything, from microscopic nematodes to the potentially cataclysmic changes occurring along the coastline due to rising sea level. Its clear writing, illustrative photographs, and instructive diagrams answer some curious questions, such as why do some sands bark and sing, how do miniature sand volcanoes form, and how do barrier islands migrate?

A Field Guide to Atlantic Coast Fishes

North America

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Author: C. Richard Robins,G. Carleton Ray,John Douglass,National Audubon Society

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395975152

Category: Nature

Page: 354

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Identifies over one thousand species

Coastal Works

Culture of the Atlantic Edge

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Author: Nicholas Allen,Nick Groom,Jos Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198795157

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 320

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In all the complex cultural history of the islands of Britain and Ireland the idea of the coast as a significant representative space is critical. For many important artists coastal space has figured as a site from which to braid ideas of empire, nation, region, and archipelago. They have been drawn to the coast as a zone of geographical uncertainty in which the self-definitions of the nation founder; they have been drawn to it as a peripheral space of vestigial wildness, of island retreats and experimental living; as a network of diverse localities richly endowed with distinctive forms of cultural heritage; and as a dynamically interconnected ecosystem, which is at the same time the historic site of significant developments in fieldwork and natural science. This collection situates these cultures of the Atlantic edge in a series of essays that create new contexts for coastal study in literary history and criticism. The contributors frame their research in response to emerging conversations in archipelagic criticism, the blue humanities, and island studies, the essays challenging the reader to reconsider ideas of margin, periphery and exchange. These twelve case studies establish the coast as a crucial location in the imaginative history of Britain, Ireland and the north Atlantic edge. Coastal Works will appeal to readers of literature and history with an interest in the sea, the environment, and the archipelago from the 18th century to the present. Accessible, innovative and provocative, Coastal Works establishes the important role that the coast plays in our cultural imaginary and suggests a range of methodologies to represent relationships between land, sea, and cultural work.

Everything Under the Sun

Toward a Brighter Future on a Small Blue Planet

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Author: David Suzuki,Ian Hanington

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1553659961

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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In this compilation of David Suzuki's latest thoughts and writings, the renowned scientist, author, and broadcaster explores the myriad environmental challenges the world faces and their interconnected causes. In doing so, Suzuki shows that understanding the causes—and recognizing that everything in nature, including us, is interconnected—is crucial to restoring hope for a better future. The solutions are there, he argues; we just need the will to act together to bring about change. Everything Under the Sun delves into such provocative topics as the difference between human hunters and other predators, the lessons we must learn from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the subsequent meltdown of the nuclear reactors, and our dependence on the sun for all of our food and energy—indeed for our very lives. Suzuki also considers the many positive steps people are making today. And he doesn't shy away from controversial opinion, especially when it comes to taking on those who stand in the way of resolving serious issues like climate change. Underpinning it all is the recognition that we are blessed to live on a planet that gives us everything we require to live, under a sun that gives us the energy we need to produce food and transport and modern conveniences. But we must protect what we have if we want to survive and prosper.

Land's edge

a natural history and field guide to barrier beaches from Maine to North Carolina

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Author: Michael L. Hoel

Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr

ISBN: 9780961608002

Category: Nature

Page: 141

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Traces the history of barrier beaches along the east coast of the U.S., explains how dunes form, and describes the plants and animals that flourish in coastal areas

Birds by the Shore

Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast

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Author: Jennifer Ackerman

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143134183

Category:

Page: 192

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From the bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, the revised and reissued edition of her beloved book of essays describing her forays along the Delaware shore For three years, Jennifer Ackerman lived in the small coastal town of Lewes, Delaware, in the sort of blue-water, white-sand landscape that draws summer crowds up and down the eastern seaboard. Birds by the Shore is a book about discovering the natural life at the ocean's edge: the habits of shorebirds and seabirds, the movement of sand and water, the wealth of creatures that survive amid storm and surf. Against this landscape's rhythms, Ackerman revisits her own history--her mother's death, her father's illness and her hopes to have children of her own. This portrait of life at the ocean's edge will be relished by anyone who has walked a beach at sunset, or watched a hawk hover over a winter marsh, and felt part of the natural world. With a quiet passion and friendly, generous intelligence, it explores the way that landscape shapes our thoughts and perceptions and shows that home ground is often where we feel the deepest response to the planet.

West Coast

A Tourist Guide

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Author: Cornel Truter

Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd

ISBN: 9781919713243

Category: Atlantic Coast (South Africa)

Page: 200

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A guide to the Atlantic coast of South Africa, from Cape Town in the south to the Hardveld in the North. Includes information on spring flowers, water sports, nature reserves and fishing. The area is divided into eight regions with a map, background notes, history, current features and attractions. Contains details of accommodation and restaurants.

Indian Mounds of the Atlantic Coast

A Guide to Sites from Maine to Florida

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Author: Jerry N. McDonald,Susan L. Woodward

Publisher: McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 162

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Poitou-Charentes and the Atlantic Coast Rough Guides Snapshot France (includes Poitiers, La Rochelle, Île de Ré, Cognac, Bordeaux and the wineries)

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Author: Rough Guides Snapshot

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1409362930

Category: Travel

Page: 94

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The Rough Guide Snapshot to Poitou-Charentes and the Atlantic coast is the ultimate travel guide to this beautiful southwestern region of France. It guides you through the area, with reliable information and comprehensive coverage of all the sights and attractions, from scaling the magnificent Dune du Pyla - the largest sand dune in Europe - and visiting the mind-blowing film theme park, Futuroscope, to enjoying a night out in buzzing Bordeaux and exploring the history of cartoons in pretty Angoul�me. Detailed maps and up-to-date listings pinpoint the best caf�s, restaurants, hotels, shops, bars and nightlife, ensuring you have the most memorable trip possible, whether passing through, staying for the weekend or longer. Also included is the Basics section from The Rough Guide to France, with all the practical information you need for travelling in and around the country, including transport, food, drink, costs, health and festivals. Also published as part of The Rough Guide to France. Full coverage: Poitiers, Futuroscope, Marais Poitevin, The Vend�e, La Rochelle, �le de R�, Rochefort, �le d'Ol�ron, Royan, Saintes, Cognac, Angoul�me, Bordeaux, The M�doc, St-Emilion, Entre-Deux-Mers, C�te d'Argent (Equivalent printed page extent 94 pages).

A Natural History of North American Trees

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Author: Donald Culross Peattie

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618799046

Category: Nature

Page: 490

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An informative overview of more than one hundred different tree species describes their physical characteristics, ranges, and the role they played in the history of America.

The Atlantic in World History

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Author: Karen Ordahl Kupperman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019533809X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 155

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Introduction: thinking Atlantically -- Atlantic memories -- Atlantic beginnings -- Atlantic people -- Commodities: foods, drugs, and dyes -- Eighteenth-century realities -- Epilogue: the Atlantic.