Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark

Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark

by Daniel Botkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195168291

ISBN-13: 9780195168297

Pub. Date: 05/27/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Often referred to as America's national epic of exploration, the 28-month Lewis and Clark expedition was certainly America's greatest odyssey. Commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off on the greatest wilderness trip ever recorded. Beginning in St. Louis, they navigated up the Missouri River and through the prairies,

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Often referred to as America's national epic of exploration, the 28-month Lewis and Clark expedition was certainly America's greatest odyssey. Commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off on the greatest wilderness trip ever recorded. Beginning in St. Louis, they navigated up the Missouri River and through the prairies, enduring a winter with the Mandan Indians in North Dakota, reaching the summit of the Rocky Mountains and then following the Columbia River to their final destination, the Pacific Ocean.
Trained in natural history and in the methods of collecting plant and animal samples, Lewis and Clark carefully and meticulously recorded the conditions of the rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, and wildlife of pre-industrial America. Now, in this new edition of Our Natural History, Daniel B. Botkin, a distinguished botanist and naturalist, re-creates the grand journey—taking us on an exciting ecological adventure back to the landscape of the great American West. In retracing their steps, Botkin reveals what this western landscape actually looked like and how much it's been changed by modern civilization and technology. With fresh insight, Botkin shows us that from the explorers' observations, we can learn much about the environment of our past, our environment today, and what our environment might be in the future.
Now with a new Afterword marking the 200th anniversary of the expedition, this timely and thought-provoking book captures our imagination and stimulates our sentiment with lessons about our environment and our place within it. Our Natural History offers a stunning and rare portrait of the rugged, beautiful, disappearing wilderness of the American West.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195168297
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 5.94(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1A road through the wilderness1
Ch. 2Meanders : nature and the Missouri River20
Ch. 3Wet and dry mud39
Ch. 4Thirty-seven grizzly bears in the wilderness59
Ch. 5A measured journey87
Ch. 6Buffalo and winter on the plains : technology meets wilderness101
Ch. 7Wolves, people, and biological diversity128
Ch. 8Through the mountains159
Ch. 9Down the Columbia176
Ch. 10Winter and wood on the Pacific Coast212
Ch. 11The return through prairie country256
Afterword279
Notes283
Index298

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