Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians

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Stretching almost unbroken from Alabama to Belle Island, Newfoundland, the Appalachians are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. In Mountains of the Heart, Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and more than 500 years of human history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscape features into an ecosystem of unmatched diversity and beauty.

Weidensaul examines the ways in which unprecedented pressure from human encroachment, ...

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Overview

Stretching almost unbroken from Alabama to Belle Island, Newfoundland, the Appalachians are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. In Mountains of the Heart, Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and more than 500 years of human history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscape features into an ecosystem of unmatched diversity and beauty.

Weidensaul examines the ways in which unprecedented pressure from human encroachment, pollution, disease, and other ills have affected the mountains, as well as the various recovery efforts that are underway to heal this "bruised but resilient land."

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Audubon Magazine
Mountains of the Heart is a masterpiece encompassing Scott Weidensaul’s mastery of language and nature. His ability to notice, catch, and distill fragments of beauty missed by others, makes this the sort of book yearned for by all who cherish wild things and wild places.”
Library Journal
Naturalist Weidensaul (Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year: A Month-by-Month Guide to Natural Events; New England & New York, LJ 10/1/93) has written a wonderful natural and ecological history of the Appalachian Mountain range, from its southern origins in Alabama to its terminus off Newfoundland at Belle Isle. Weidensaul's theme is change as he traces the mountains' geological origins from the Ice Ages through the incredible diversity and richness of pre-Columbian and Colonial days on up to the modern era. In some respects, the Appalachians are healthier now than during the height of mining and deforestation early in this century. Many animal poulations are rebounding, including the black bear in Pennsylvania. However, new pressures-acid rain, development, alien species-threaten the forests. The strength of this book lies in the wonders Weidensaul finds in this familiar wilderness-in the lives of darters and mussels and the mystery of the forest bison. For all libraries in or near the region and an excellent choice for comprehensive natural history collections elsewhere.-Beth Clewis, Prince William P.L., Va.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781555911393
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, The Ghost with Trembling Wings, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding, and The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America. Weidensaul lectures widely on wildlife and environmental topics, and is an active field researcher, specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds. He lives in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania, the heart of the old colonial frontier.
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