The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples

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Grove Press, 2002 - History - 404 pages
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In The Eternal Frontier, world-renowned scientist and historian Tim Flannery tells the unforgettable story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, to the present day. Flannery describes the development of North America's deciduous forests and other flora, and tracks the immigration and emigration of various animals to and from Europe, Asia, and South America, showing how plant and animal species have either adapted or become extinct. The story takes in the massive changes wrought by the ice ages and the coming of the Indians, and continues right up to the present, covering the deforestation of the Northeast, the decimation of the buffalo, and other facets of the enormous impact of frontier settlement and the development of the industrial might of the United States. Natural history on a monumental scale, The Eternal Frontier contains an enormous wealth of fascinating scientific details, and Flannery's accessible and dynamic writing makes the book a delight to read. This is science writing at its very best -- a riveting page-turner that is simultaneously an accessible and scholarly trove of incredible information that is already being hailed by critics as a classic. "Tim Flannery's account ... will fascinate Americans and non-Americans alike." -- Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel "No one before Flannery ... has been brave enough to tackle the whole pageant of North America." -- David Quammen, the New York Times Book Review "Tim Flannery's book will forever change your perspective on the North American continent ... Exhilarating." -- John Terborgh, The New York Review of Books "Full of engaging and attention-catching information about North America's geology, climate, and paleontology." -- Patricia Nelson Limerick, the Washington Post Book World "Natural history par excellence." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This gutsy Aussie may have read our landscape and ecological history with greater clarity than any native son." -- David A. Burney, Natural History "A fascinating, current, and insightful look at our familiar history from a larger perspective." -- David Bezanson, Austin-American Statesman "The scope of [Flannery's] story is huge, and his research exhaustive." -- Lauren Gravitz, The Christian Science Monitor
  

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Review: The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples

User Review  - Pamela Deters - Goodreads

This is an incredibly intense book that looks at the ecology of North America since the meteor strike that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago to the present. Pluses - This book will make you ... Read full review

Review: The Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples

User Review  - Anosh - Goodreads

This book taught me a lot about evolution of life in North America over the last 65 million years. It has a lot of cool things like dogs, camels and horses originated in North America and the effects of the ice ages on flora and fauna. I feel smarter already. Read full review

Contents

GROUND ZERO
9
THE REORDERING OF NORTH AMERICA
25
OF HELLBENDERS AND HOOFED CREATURES
38
IN WHICH AMERICA BECOMES A TROPICAL PARADISE
55
FIRST CONTACTS
57
THE BRIDGE OVER GREENLAND
71
IN WHICH AMERICA BECOMES A LAND OF IMMIGRANTS
81
A FATAL CONFIGURATION
83
THE NEW AMERICAN FAUNA
206
THE MAKING OF THE BUFFALO
218
THE RISE OF CULTURES
230
THE TAMING OF TEOSINTE
244
IN WHICH AMERICA CONQUERS THE WORLD
255
ALTERNATIVE AMERICAS
257
ENGLISH COLONIES ALL
269
CONCEIVED IN LIBERTY
287

LA GRANDE COUPURE
91
A GOLDEN AGE
108
GATEWAY TO THE PRESENT
122
UNITED LANDS OF AMERICA
130
LAURENTIDE
146
VISIT TO A NEW WORLD
155
IN WHICH AMERICA IS DISCOVERED
171
A NEW WORLD
173
THE BLACK HOLE THEORY OF EXTINCTION
186
MASSACRING THE MAMMOTH DISMEMBERING THE MASTODON
194
THE FATAL IMPACT
301
AMERICA UNDER THE GUN
312
THE MAKING OF A GIANT
325
WHATS HOME ON THE RANGE?
339
REINVENTING AMERICA
349
Notes
358
Bibliography
383
Acknowledgments
396
Index
398
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TIM FLANNERY has written many award-winning books, including The Weather Makers, which reached #1 in Canada, An Explorer's Notebook, Now or Never and Here on Earth. He is the National Geographic Society's Australasian representative and a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. In January 2007, he was named Australian of the Year and in 2011, he became Australia's first climate commissioner. Visit him online at theweathermakers.org.

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