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Overview

The story of the most endangered ecosystem in North America, told with wit, an appreciation for both beauty and the absurd, and hope for the future.

The Book of the Everglades describes the natural features of the five areas of the Everglades ecosystem. Drawing on all the talents of southern storytellers, the book recounts the often outlandish attempts to tame the "river of grass" and reveals how much is invested -- and risked -- in the ambitious Everglades Recovery Plan.

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Those interested in the Everglades will find much to enjoy in this volume of stories, poems, scientific essays, historic accounts, and journalistic reports about the people, events, plants, and animals of this diverse and threatened ecosystem. A list of Everglades organizations and resources is included. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571312600
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Literature for a Land Ethic Series
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Everglades: An Ecology in Five Parts 3
Pt. 1 The Kissimmee River Valley, Lake Okeechobee, and the Everglades Agricultural Area
The River and the Plain 13
Two Hunters 18
Welcome to Dike Okeechobee 22
Lost Gourds and Spent Soils on the Shores of Okeechobee 32
The Sweet Hereafter: Our Craving for Sugar Starves the Everglades and Fattens Politicians 55
Losing Ground: Soil Subsidence in the Everglades 76
Pt. 2 River of Grass
Everglades National Park Fiftieth Anniversary: Homage to a Magical Place 87
The Corn Lady 92
A Culture Endangered 97
This Path Don't Lead to Miami: Everglades Treks of the 1800s 107
The Stork and the Sparrow 121
Pt. 3 Atlantic Coastal Ridge
Straws in a Swimming Pool 131
Putting Down Roots: Exotics in the Everglades 143
Pt. 4 The Western Glades
Path of the Panther 155
A Green Hell 171
Pt. 5 The Ten Thousand Islands and Florida Bay
The Lightening Bug and the Moth 179
The Most Valuable Bird 196
The Last Days of Florida Bay 208
Saving Our Tails 220
A Snail's Race 231
A Call for Restoration 238
Prayer for the Everglades 246
Everglades Organizations and Resources 248
Acknowledgments 252
Contributor Acknowledgments 255
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