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Remarkable Baobab

Remarkable Baobab

by Thomas Pakenham
     
 

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From the best-selling author of Remarkable Trees of the World, a celebration of the most extraordinary tree of them all.
Standing tall on the sunburned plains of Africa and Australia, baobabs may be the oldest life forms on the planet. Many of the specimens still standing today have been around for well over two thousand years. Tremendous in size and bizarre in

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From the best-selling author of Remarkable Trees of the World, a celebration of the most extraordinary tree of them all.
Standing tall on the sunburned plains of Africa and Australia, baobabs may be the oldest life forms on the planet. Many of the specimens still standing today have been around for well over two thousand years. Tremendous in size and bizarre in appearance, they have provided food, medicine, and places of refuge and worship to countless peoples, even serving as prisons and tombs on occasion. Long before European explorers opened up the African continent, the news of these "gnarled upside-down giants" had astonished the world of science and stoked the imagination of naturalists everywhere. Thomas Pakenham chronicles his personal encounters with the baobabs of Africa, Australia, Madagascar, and America and shares the countless superstitions and myths, as well as the often-strange history, that surround these enigmatic trees. With 60 color photos and 144 pages with color throughout, The Remarkable Baobab will be a great, and reasonably priced, gift book for the Christmas season.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393059892
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/25/2004
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Pakenham's Meetings with Remarkable Trees received international acclaim. His other books include Remarkable Trees of the World, The Boer War and The Scramble for Africa, which won the Alan Paton Award. He lives in London.

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