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The once and future Great Lakes country : an ecological history

Author: J L Riley
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. ©2013
Series: McGill-Queen's rural wildland and resource studies series., 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"North America's Great Lakes country has experienced centuries of upheaval, its landscapes utterly changed from what they were five hundred years ago. The region's abundant fish and wildlife and its magnificent forests and prairies astonished European newcomers who called it an earthly paradise but then ushered in an era of disease, warfare, resource depletion, and land development that transformed it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J L Riley
ISBN: 9780773543881 0773543880 9780773541771 0773541772 9780773589810 0773589813 9780773589827 0773589821
OCLC Number: 905687123
Notes: Comprend un index.
Description: xxiv, 488 pages, 32 pages de planche non numérotées : illustrations principalement en couleur, cartes en couleur ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the fifth line : a farm just like thousands of others --
Part one. The land and what happened to it. The land beyond memory : before 1500 --
Stone age meets iron --
and smallpox : the 1500s and 1600s --
Wilding the land with war : the 1700s --
Manufacturing the land : the 1800s --
Part two. Voices of nature past. Taking the wildlife : 1500-1900 --
Clearing the wood : 1500-1900 --
Taming the unforested : prairies, alvars, barrens, cliffs, bogs, and fens --
The true north : three centuries on --
Part three. Nature's prospect. Invasives : the unintended consequences of the uninvited --
Growing cities, changing climates : the next conversion --
Restoration : a new native landscape --
Afterword : nature never repeats itself.
Series Title: McGill-Queen's rural wildland and resource studies series., 2.
Responsibility: John L. Riley.

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