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Extreme conservation : life at the edges of the world

Author: Joel Berger
Publisher: Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On the Tibetan Plateau, there are wild yaks with blood cells thinner than those of horses' by half, enabling the endangered yaks to survive at 40 below zero and in the lowest oxygen levels of the mountaintops. But climate change is causing the snow patterns here to shift, and with the snows, the entire ecosystem. Food and water are vaporizing in this warming environment, and these beasts of ice and thin air are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Berger
ISBN: 9780226366265 022636626X
OCLC Number: 1004265575
Description: xxi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Prologue --
Part I. The intersection of continents : Beringia's silent bestiary. Motherless children in black and white ; Before now ; Beyond Arctic wind ; Where worlds collide ; Muskoxen in ice ; When the snow turns to rain --
Part II. Sentinels of Tibetan Plateau. Below the margins of glaciers ; The ethereal yak ; Birthplace of angry gods --
Part III. Gobi ghosts, Himalayan shadows. Counting for conservation ; To kill a saiga ; Victims of fashion ; In the valley of takin ; Pavilions where snow dragons hide --
Part IV. Adapt, move, or die?. The struggle for existence ; A postapocalyptic world : Vrangel ; Nyima --
Postscript.
Other Titles: Life at the edges of the world
Responsibility: Joel Berger.

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A look at what it takes for animals to live at the edges of existence. Each chapter of this book takes readers on a different journey to remote environs and in chase of an understanding of the  Read more...

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