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Relicts of a beautiful sea : survival, extinction, and conservation in a desert world

Author: Christopher Norment
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"[This book] explores the existence of rare, unexpected and sublime desert creatures such as the black toad and four pupfishes unique to the desert West. All are anomalies, amphibians and fish, dependent upon aquatic habitats, yet living in one of the driest places on Earth, where precipitation averages less than four inches a year. In this climate of extremes, beset by conflicts over water rights, each species  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Norment
ISBN: 9781469618661 1469618664
OCLC Number: 875742392
Description: 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue : Oh my desert --
Collecting the dead --
A cultivation of slowness : the Inyo Mountains slender salamander (Batrachoseps campi) --
Surviving an onslaught : the Owens pupfish (Cyprinodon radiosus) --
Some fish : the salt creek and cottonball marsh pupfishes (Cyprinodon salinus salinus and Cyprinodon salinus milleri) --
A fragile existence : the Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) --
Swimming from the ruins : the Ash Meadows and Warm Springs Amargosa pupfishes (Cyprinodon nevadensis mionectes and Cyprinodon nevadensis pectoralis) --
Exile and loneliness : the black toad (Bufo exsul) --
The view from telescope peak --
Epilogue : Hold steady.
Responsibility: Christopher J. Norment.

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For those who seek . . . a melange of science, literature and passion, Relicts of a Beautiful Sea offers sanctuary as rare as the survivors it illuminates.--Kansas Alumni Magazine A moving meditation Read more...

 
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