The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River / Edition 2

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The Hudson River is on of the great rivers of the world. Not long ago, it was deeply threatened by pollution. Now it is coming back to life, a river where fish and birds can thrive again, a river valued once more by communities along its shores. The unique environmental education program on board the sloop Clearwater - founded by folk singer Pete Seeger - has taught thousands of children and adults to love the river. With this guidebook, Clearwater teachers bring their wealth of knowledge about the Hudson to a wider audience. This book covers, for the first time, the full sweep of the river's natural history and human heritage. It introduces you to the Hudson's diversity of plants and wildlife, to the geological forces that created the river, to the people who explored and settled its banks, to the river's enduring place in American history and art, and to the battles waged over its environmental preservation. Its engaging illustrations, maps, and text - distilled from the best research on the Hudson's habitats and history - invite you to explore the river yourself.
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Other American rivers are much longer and even perhaps more majestic, but New York State's Hudson River is incontestably one of the great rivers of the world. The first new edition of Stephen Stanne's Hudson since 1996 provides a word-and-picture portrait of the river and its rich natural history and human heritage. The book's 314 illustrations and fold-out map are complemented by essays that describe the plant and animal life teeming in this vibrant ecosystem.
Library Journal
In A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore, Burger, a professor of biological sciences and a long-time shore dweller, offers a collection of essays depicting the plant and animal life of the Jersey Shore. Although Burger writes about a specific area, the organisms and habitats she describes are common in coastal areas ranging from the Carolinas up through Maine. The essays are both informative and descriptive, painting a vivid picture of the natural habitat while educating readers about the coastal ecosystem. Burger nicely captures the spirit of the shore in her essays. Burger collaborated on the research for The Hudson River, which addresses the diversity of life along the famous New York State river. The authors, a professor and two environmental educators, have compiled a complete guide to the natural history and heritage of the Hudson. They cover plant and animal life native to the Hudson, as well as the river's history and the economic and environmental issues surrounding it. The well-organized text is enhanced with numerous black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Like A Naturalist Along the Jersey Shore, The Hudson River is thoroughly researched and well written and would be of interest to naturalists, nature lovers, scientists, and bird or animal watchers in its geographic area. Both books are recommended for libraries where interest warrants.Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.
Pete Seeger
This beautifully illustrated book is a good as an encyclopedia about the river...
C. Lavett Smith
Everyone who lives in the Hudson Valley should have this book...
—Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History, and author of Fish Watching: An Outdoor Guide to Freshwater Fishes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813539164
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Rivergate
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,483,310
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A Physical Overview of the Hudson 1
Ch. 2 Energy Flow and Nutrient Cycles in the Hudson 13
Ch. 3 The Hudson's Habitats and Plant Communities 27
Ch. 4 The Hudson's Invertebrate Animals 43
Ch. 5 The Hudson's Fishes 59
Ch. 6 The Hudson's Birds and Beasts 77
Ch. 7 Exploration, Colonization, and Revolution 91
Ch. 8 The Romantic River 109
Ch. 9 Industrialization and the Transformation of the Landscape 117
Ch. 10 Conservation and Environmentalism 133
Ch. 11 Resolving River Conflicts 141
Ch. 12 Is the Hudson Getting Cleaner? 159
Afterword 179
Sources and Notes 181
Glossary 193
Suggested Readings 199
Index 205
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