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From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain A History of Environmental Change in Temperate North America from 1500 to the Present

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ISBN-10: 052139452X

ISBN-13: 9780521394529

Edition: 1994

Authors: Gordon G. Whitney

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From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain is an account of the making of the American landscape following European settlement. It starts with "virgin" forests and grasslands of the central and northeastern United States, and successively documents the clearance and fragmentation of the region's woodlands, the harvest of the forest and its game, the plowing of prairies and the draining of wetlands. The Native American, the trapper, the farmer and the lumberman all benefited from the land and its resources; the degree to which their activities altered the soil, the climate, the natural plant and animal communities, and the water cycle is examined here.
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Book details

List price: $162.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/8/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Conversion of English to metric units
US state abbreviations
Common and scientific names of trees mentioned in the text
Photographic essay illustrating the character and the demise of the pre-settlement vegetation of the Northeast and the Midwest
Introduction
Reconstructing the past
Nature imposes ...
The forest primeval
Preservers of the ecological balance wheel
European precedents
Assault upon the forest, part I: the farmer
Assault upon the forest, part II: the lumber industry
Assault upon the forest, part III: fuel-wood
Predatory agriculture
Grassland agriculture
Forest influences
A transported flora
An impoverished fauna
The legislated landscape
Conclusion
References
Index