Mountain Islands and Desert Seas: A Natural History of the U. S.-Mexican Borderlands

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"A first-rate natural history of the entire U.S.-Mexican border area. . . . [The reader] may profit greatly from the author's readable style and his sense of what is environmentally appropriate."—Sierra

" . . . a book to be savored and pondered. . . . a great service to a very special land."—John Tveten, Houston Chronicle

" . . . deeply rewarding reading for those even mildly interested in the environment and ...

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Overview

"A first-rate natural history of the entire U.S.-Mexican border area. . . . [The reader] may profit greatly from the author's readable style and his sense of what is environmentally appropriate."—Sierra

" . . . a book to be savored and pondered. . . . a great service to a very special land."—John Tveten, Houston Chronicle

" . . . deeply rewarding reading for those even mildly interested in the environment and the region from the south of the Rio Grande to California's Imperial Valley."—Arizona Highways

Mountains rise like islands from deserts and grasslands along the U.S.-Mexican border. The stunningly varied borderlands offer a laboratory for studying historical trends and ecological cycles, as well as a refuge in which to experience natural history firsthand. In this engaging personal narrative, biologist Fred Gehlbach describes the stability and changes of the past century in the Borderlands' climate, landforms, and natural communities and in its distinctive plants and vertebrates. Historical sketches, maps, and striking photographs richly amplify the text, and a preface updates developments in the region since the book's original publication in 1981.

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In this 1981 volume, Gehlbach relates 26 years of personal discovery and research into the area extending from the lower Rio Grande to the Sonoran Desert. His aim, said LJ 's reviewer, is `to foster conservation of the unparalleled natural diversity of the Borderlands,'' which he ``ably achieves'' ( LJ 12/1/81). Illustrated with 66 color and 36 black-and-white photographs, this remains a solid choice for environmental collections.
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Meet the Author

Frederick R. Gehlbach is a professor of biology and environmental studies at Baylor University. Mountain Islands and Desert Seas was his first book. He has also written Plant Vegetation on the Edwards Plateau, and in 1994 his new book on the natural history of the Eastern Screech Owl will be published by Texas A&M University Press.

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