Often referred to as America's national epic of exploration, the 28-month Lewis and Clark expedition was certainly America's greatest odyssey. Beginning in St. Louis, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis navigated up the Missouri River and through the prairies, reaching the summit of the Rocky Mountains and then following the Columbia River to their final destination, the Pacific Ocean. Trained in natural history and in the methods of collecting plant and animal samples, they carefully and meticulously recorded the conditions of the rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, and wildlife of pre-industrial America.
In this new edition of Our Natural History, Daniel Botkin, a distinguished botanist and naturalist, recreates the grand journey -- taking us on an exciting ecological adventure back to the landscape of the great American West. In retracing their steps, Botkin reveals what this western landscape actually looked like and how much it's been changed by modern civilization and technology. He shows us that from the explorers' observations, we can learn much about the environment of our past, our environment today, and what our environment might be in the future. Now with a new afterword marking the 200th anniversary of the expedition, this timely and thought-provoking book captures our imagination and stimulates our sentiment with lessons about our environment and our place within it. Our Natural History offers a stunning and rare portrait of the rugged, beautiful, disappearing wilderness of the American West.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.83(d)|
About the Author
Daniel Botkin is President of the Center for the Study of the Environment in Santa Barbara, California, and Research Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than one hundred books and articles, including Discordant Harmonies (OUP 2000).
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||A Road Through the Wilderness||1|
|Chapter 2||Meanders: Nature and the Missouri River||20|
|Chapter 3||Wet and Dry Mud||39|
|Chapter 4||Thirty-Seven Grizzly Bears in the Wilderness||59|
|Chapter 5||A Measured Journey||87|
|Chapter 6||Buffalo and Winter on the Plains: Technology Meets Wilderness||101|
|Chapter 7||Wolves, People, and Biological Diversity||128|
|Chapter 8||Through the Mountains||159|
|Chapter 9||Down the Columbia||176|
|Chapter 10||Winter and Wood on the Pacific Coast||212|
|Chapter 11||The Return Through Prairie Country||256|