King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon / Edition 1

King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon / Edition 1

by David R. Montgomery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813342996

ISBN-13: 9780813342993

Pub. Date: 12/27/2004

Publisher: Basic Books


The salmon that symbolize the Pacific Northwest's natural splendor are now threatened with extinction across much of their ancestral range. In studying the natural and human forces that shape the rivers and mountains of that region, geologist David Montgomery has learned to see the evolution and near-extinction of the salmon as a story of changing landscapes.…  See more details below

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The salmon that symbolize the Pacific Northwest's natural splendor are now threatened with extinction across much of their ancestral range. In studying the natural and human forces that shape the rivers and mountains of that region, geologist David Montgomery has learned to see the evolution and near-extinction of the salmon as a story of changing landscapes. Montgomery shows how a succession of historical experiences -first in the United Kingdom, then in New England, and now in the Pacific Northwest -repeat a disheartening story in which overfishing and sweeping changes to rivers and seas render the world inhospitable to salmon. In King of Fish, Montgomery traces the human impacts on salmon over the last thousand years and examines the implications both for salmon recovery efforts and for the more general problem of human impacts on the natural world. What does it say for the long-term prospects of the world's many endangered species if one of the most prosperous regions of the richest country on earth cannot accommodate its icon species? All too aware of the possible bleak outcome for the salmon, King of Fishconcludes with provocative recommendations for reinventing the ways in which we make environmental decisions about land, water, and fish.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813342993
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
771,386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Chapter 1History, the Fifth H1
Chapter 2Salmon Country7
Chapter 3Mountains of Salmon21
Chapter 4Salmon People39
Chapter 5Old World Salmon59
Chapter 6New World Salmon87
Chapter 7Western Salmon Rush123
Chapter 8Better Than Natural149
Chapter 9Power for the People177
Chapter 10Rivers of Change203
Chapter 11The Sixth H227
Sources251
Figure Sources269
Index273

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