San Francisco: A Natural History, California (Images of America Series)

San Francisco: A Natural History, California (Images of America Series)

by Greg Gaar, Ryder W. Miller
     
 

The "real" San Francisco lies below the streets, sidewalks, and buildings, hidden from view. This famous city is known for its beautiful setting of water, trees, hills, and beaches, but relatively few people know of its true natural state. Before it

was built up and paved over, the earth here was a diverse ecosystem of creeks, marshes, sand dunes, estuaries, and

Overview


The "real" San Francisco lies below the streets, sidewalks, and buildings, hidden from view. This famous city is known for its beautiful setting of water, trees, hills, and beaches, but relatively few people know of its true natural state. Before it

was built up and paved over, the earth here was a diverse ecosystem of creeks, marshes, sand dunes, estuaries, and densely forested hills. Over this landscape roamed elk, rabbit, bears, bobcat, and mountain lion, and the now-crowded bayfront teemed with mollusks, otters, dolphins, and whales, while huge flocks of birds blocked out the sun overhead. Today, only about two percent of the city's natural areas remain as they were.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738529875
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,114,265
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author


Collected by San Francisco historians Greg Gaar and Ryder W. Miller, these vintage photographs show a San Francisco that no longer exists. But in addition to an untouched natural landscape, readers will also see how nature adapted over time to coexist with a crowded modern city. It is a poignant and engrossing story that holds more relevance than ever as cities around the world attempt to reconcile their place in the natural order.

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