A Year in the Notch: Exploring the Natural History of the White Mountains

A Year in the Notch: Exploring the Natural History of the White Mountains

by William Sargent
     
 
In the same format and style of his prize-winning Shallow Waters, William Sargent's latest book chronicles a year spent exploring the North Woods of New Hampshire. Through words and photographs, the man about whom Publishers Weekly wrote, "With his fine descriptions and lucid explanations, Sargent joins the company of Lewis Thomas and Stephen Jay Gould as a first rate

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In the same format and style of his prize-winning Shallow Waters, William Sargent's latest book chronicles a year spent exploring the North Woods of New Hampshire. Through words and photographs, the man about whom Publishers Weekly wrote, "With his fine descriptions and lucid explanations, Sargent joins the company of Lewis Thomas and Stephen Jay Gould as a first rate interpreter of modern science" investigates a new area's geology, ecology, and natural history. Centered primarily in the Franconia Notch, the book ranges to include Mount Washington Observatory, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Palermo Mine, and New Hampshire Audubon's Peregrine Tagging Program.

In a series of lyrical chapters, Sargent takes readers into vernal ponds and moose yards, up mountain summits and into the dens of hibernating bears. He shows that the present pattern of evergreen and deciduous trees we think of as natural is actually the result of centuries of human alteration. Describing how humans have become the newest geophysical force shaping our planet, he ruminates on how well the earth's immune system can withstand the onslaught. Offering up-to-date science on the geology and biology of New England, A Year in the Notch explains the interaction between life, rocks, and water -- the intricate dance that keeps our planet alive and makes our own existence possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584650119
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM SARGENT is a consultant for the NOVA Science Series and has written six books about science and the environment, including Storm Surge: A Coastal Village Battles the Rising Atlantic (1995) and The Year of the Crab: Marine Animals in Modern Medicine (1988). His Shallow Waters: A Year on Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay (1981) received the Boston Globe Winship award for the best book about New England and was the basis for a NOVA film, The Sea Behind the Dunes, selected by the National Audubon Society as the best natural history film of the year. Formerly Director of the Baltimore Aquarium and a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Sargent presently teaches at The Briarwood Center for Marine Biology and at Harvard University.

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