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Reading the Forested Landscape A Natural History of New England

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ISBN-10: 0881504203

ISBN-13: 9780881504200

Edition: N/A

Authors: Tom Wessels, Brian D. Cohen, Ann Zwinger

List price: $21.95
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An original portrait of New England's forests, tracing their evolution from precolonial days to the present through a study of the patterns we see today. Landscape is much more than scenery to be observed or even terrain to be traveled, as this fascinating and many-layered book vividly shows us. Etched into the land is the history of how we have inhabited it, the storms and fires that have shaped it, and its response to these and other changes. An intrepid sleuth and articulate tutor, Wessels teaches us to read a landscape the way we might solve a mystery. What exactly is the meaning of all those stone walls in the middle of the forest? Why do beech and birch trees have smooth bark when…    
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 8.50" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world. Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he…