The Flight Of The Iguana: A Sidelong View Of Science And Nature

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From the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo comes a collection of essays in which various weird and wonderful aspects of nature are examined. This book contains tales of vegetarian piranha fish, voiceless dogs, and a scientific search for the genes that threaten to destroy the cheetah.

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Overview

From the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo comes a collection of essays in which various weird and wonderful aspects of nature are examined. This book contains tales of vegetarian piranha fish, voiceless dogs, and a scientific search for the genes that threaten to destroy the cheetah.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Quammen's columns in Outdoor Magazine are famed as an entertaining source of offbeat information. In this collection, he casts sidelong glances at creationism and extinction, at giant earthworms and Canada geese. But he takes a direct view at the plight of Salvadoran refugees and at the Sanctuary Movement; he accompanied one group on a dramatic journey across the Sonoran desert. Quammen examines the special problems of species survival on islands (and tells us what is happening to the birds of Guam); he discusses the unusually small gene pool of cheetahs and how the Papago Indians survive in desert lands. There is a piece about visiting the Okefenokee Swamp, while the title essay is set in the Galapagos. Readers who enjoyed Natural Acts will find Quammen's new collection equally interesting. (June)
Library Journal
Naturalist Quammen's essays, originally appearing as magazine columns, are here compiled into a lively book. His unusual way of seeing leads him into fascinating realms. How many of us have studied the face of a spider or spent an hour thinking about earthworms? Quammen has and shares his observations with us. His widely varied and thought-provoking essays range over humans and their interactions with ecology, including both desert and swamp. The only central focus of the book is Quammen's unified view of the world's natural life, which of course includes us. Recommended. Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684836263
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 2/16/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 366,005
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    Great!

    David Quammen is a superb writer, his sense of humor and original perspective bring the natural world to life and affect your perception of it. He is not a drum-beating environmentalist; far more effective, he simply ponders nature, human nature, and about anything in between. Among a wide range of other essays, of particular note is his essay about the American SW desert as a 'landscape of morality.' Heady stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Boy iguana

    _________sunbathedits tail flicking lazily. It blinked at scarlet(sorry gtg be back tomorrow)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    READ ME PLZ

    :L

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