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From coastal wilderness to fruited plain : a history of environmental change in temperate North America, 1500 to the present

Author: Gordon Graham Whitney
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain is an account of the making of a large part of the American landscape following European settlement. Drawing upon land surveys records and early travelers' accounts, Dr Whitney reconstructs the 'virgin' forests and grasslands of the northeastern and central United States during the presettlement period. He then documents successively the clearance and fragmentation of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Graham Whitney
ISBN: 052139452X 9780521394529 052157658X 9780521576581
OCLC Number: 28632556
Description: xxxiv, 451 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 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. Fuelwood --
Predatory agriculture --
Grassland agriculture --
Forest influences --
A transported flora --
An impoverished fauna --
The legislated landscape --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Gordon G. Whitney.
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