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The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples
     

The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples

by Tim Flannery
 
In The Eternal Frontier, world-renowned scientist and historian Tim Flannery tells the unforgettable story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, to the present day. Flannery describes the development of North America's deciduous forests and

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In The Eternal Frontier, world-renowned scientist and historian Tim Flannery tells the unforgettable story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, to the present day. Flannery describes the development of North America's deciduous forests and other flora, and tracks the immigration and emigration of various animals to and from Europe, Asia, and South America, showing how plant and animal species have either adapted or become extinct. The story takes in the massive changes wrought by the ice ages and the coming of the Indians, and continues right up to the present, covering the deforestation of the Northeast, the decimation of the buffalo, and other facets of the enormous impact of frontier settlement and the development of the industrial might of the United States. Natural history on a monumental scale, The Eternal Frontier contains an enormous wealth of fascinating scientific details, and Flannery's accessible and dynamic writing makes the book a delight to read. This is science writing at its very best — a riveting page-turner that is simultaneously an accessible and scholarly trove of incredible information that is already being hailed by critics as a classic.

Editorial Reviews

Award-winning author Tim Flannery begins his epic history of our continent with an asteroid explosion 65 million years ago and ends it with sensible prognostications about North America 1,000 years hence. Between those points, his 368-page narrative unfolds with the jaunty ease of a Charles Kuralt Sunday morning chat. Flannery, who is a museum director, knows how to spice up his exhibits: He explains how to kill (and preserve) a mastodon; why North America was settled so late (40,000 years after even Australia) and why all radiocarbon dates are wrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781876485726
Publisher:
Text Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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