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Discovering the Chesapeake The History of an Ecosystem

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ISBN-10: 0801864682

ISBN-13: 9780801864681

Edition: 2001

Authors: Philip D. Curtin, Grace S. Brush, George W. Fisher

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With its rich evolutionary record of natural systems and long history of human activity, the Chesapeake Bay provides an excellent example of how a great estuary has responded to the powerful forces of human settlement and environmental change. Discovering the Chesapeake explores all of the long-term changes the Chesapeake has undergone and uncovers the inextricable connections among land, water, and humans in this unusually delicate ecosystem. Edited by a historian, a paleobiologist, and a geologist at the Johns Hopkins University and written for general readers, the book brings together experts in various disciplines to consider the truly complex and interesting environmental history of…    
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List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/21/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.97" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philip de Armond Curtin was educated at Swarthmore College and at Harvard University, from which he received a Ph.D. in history in 1953. That same year he joined the Swarthmore faculty as an instructor and assistant professor. In 1956, he moved on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he remained for 14 years. During that time he was chair of the Wisconsin University Program in Comparative World History, the Wisconsin African Studies Program, and for five years, Melville J. Herskovits Professor. In 1975, he joined the department of history at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to holding Guggenheim fellowships in 1966 and 1980 and being a…    

List of Contributors
The Chesapeake Ecosystem: Its Geologic Heritage
Climate and Climate History in the Chesapeake Bay Region
Forests before and after the Colonial Encounter
Human Influences on the Physical Characteristics of the Chesapeake Bay
A Long-Term History of Terrestrial Birds and Mammals in the Chesapeake-Susquehanna Watershed
Living along the "Great Shellfish Bay": The Relationship between Prehistoric Peoples and the Chesapeake
Human Biology of Populations in the Chesapeake Watershed
A Useful Arcadia: European Colonists as Biotic Factors in Chesapeake Forests
Reconstructing the Colonial Environment of the Upper Chesapeake Watershed
Human Influences on Aquatic Resources in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Land Use, Settlement Patterns, and the Impact of European Agriculture, 1620-1820
Chesapeake Gardens and Botanical Frontiers
Genteel Erosion: The Ecological Consequences of Agrarian Reform in the Chesapeake, 1730-1840
Farming, Disease, and Change in the Chesapeake Ecosystem
Bird Populations of the Chesapeake Bay Region: 350 Years of Change
Commentary: Reading the Palimpsest