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From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain
A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America from 1500 to the Present

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  • Date Published: September 1994
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521394529

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  • From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain is an account of the making of a large part of the American landscape following European settlement. Drawing upon land survey records and early travellers' accounts, Dr Whitney reconstructs the 'virgin' forests and grasslands of the north-eastern and central United States during the pre-settlement period. He then documents successively the clearance and fragmentation of the region's woodlands, the harvest of the forest and its game, the ploughing of the prairies, and the draining of wetlands. The degree to which these activities altered the soil, climate, plant and animal communities, and water cycle are evaluated, and the sustainability of present-day ecosystems is brought into question in this account.

    • A major attempt to outline making of the American landscape in a strong ecological context
    • Readable account
    • Appeals to a broad audience from historians & ecologists to educated general readers
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    'This is a magnificent work … The book is so well done that I hesitate to mention any specific parts lest I neglect something … This is a book that every physical geographer should read … I predict this book will rapidly become a classic and only wish that other scholars would write equally good works on other areas of the world.' Stanley W. Trimble, Progress in Physical Geography

    'Whitney's ecological history is scholarly, comprehensive, well written and interesting.' Conservation Biology

    'Scholarship shines forth … whether the interest is in North America, comparative regional studies or approaches to studying forest landscapes, this volume will be a source of insight, entertainment and academic inspiration.' Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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    • Date Published: September 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521394529
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.932kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus. 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Acknowledgements
    Conversion of English to metric units
    US state abbreviations
    Common and scientific names of trees mentioned in the text
    Photographic essay illustrating the character and the demise of the pre-settlement vegetation of the Northeast and the Midwest
    1. Introduction
    2. Reconstructing the past
    3. Nature imposes …
    4. The forest primeval
    5. Preservers of the ecological balance wheel
    6. European precedents
    7. Assault upon the forest, part I: the farmer
    8. Assault upon the forest, part II: the lumber industry
    9. Assault upon the forest, part III: fuel-wood
    10. Predatory agriculture
    11. Grassland agriculture
    12. Forest influences
    13. A transported flora
    14. An impoverished fauna
    15. The legislated landscape
    16. Conclusion
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Gordon G. Whitney

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