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Chapter 1 Julia's Window 3
Part I The Ruin
Chapter 2 The First California Gold Rush: Otters 11
Chapter 3 Whale Bones in Treasure Bay 25
Chapter 4 Abalone Shells and China Point 37
Part II The Bottom
Chapter 5 Dr. Mayor Julia Piatt 55
Chapter 6 The Power of One: Julia Fights the Canneries 68
Chapter 7 Ed Ricketts, Ecology and the Philosophy of Tide Pools 87
Chapter 8 Dust Bowl of the Sea: The Canneries Collapse 100
Part III The Recovery
Chapter 9 The Otter Returns 113
Chapter 10 Kelp, Seals, and Seabirds Rise Again 132
Chapter 11 The Aquarium 144
Chapter 12 The Century to Come 163
About the Authors 177
Posted March 26, 2011
With an interesting title - Death and Life - Palumbi and Sotka open the door to the history of Monterey Bay. What was almost totally descimated is now a resplendent coastline full of wildlife and areas of enjoyment for all. But it hasn't always been this way and it was a long, hard struggle to reclaim the area. Commerce, canneries, and consequences threatened to completely destroy this area, killing off the animals, and driving people away. But, a mayor with a vision and the help of many around her, reclaimed the area for all to enjoy.
I enjoyed reading the history of Monterey Bay, something I hadn't spent much time really thinking about. It was interesting to read about the unintended consequences of the canneries and the fight to reclaim the area. If you love coastlines and the plethora of creatures that inhabit them, you will enjoy this book. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book on my Nook. The opinions here are my own.
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Posted October 31, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I got it because I've started volunteering at the Monterey Bay Aquarium but I enjoyed it on so many levels. It is well written by a scientists who are able to convey their information to the layman. It has wonderful insight into the people and the events that led to the destruction of Monterey Bay by over fishing, hunting and the canneries. It also lets you get to know the people who cared enough to make a difference to get the Bay back to a healthier environment for all fish and mammals. A cautionary tale about the Bay and the cycle of life that is true all over our planet.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.