Nature's last strongholds

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Oxford University Press, Jun 13, 1991 - Nature - 256 pages
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As the pace of human development accelerated and centers of civilization developed in the most fertile and cultivable areas of the world, wildernesses were regarded as unproductive and wasteful: forests had to be cleared, grasslands plowed, and wetlands drained to accommodate the world's growing populations. Even after the cataclysmic changes of the Industrial Revolution, there still appeared to be plenty of wilderness left to be plundered for its wealth of natural resources. As the scale of global environmental destruction has magnified, it has become increasing clear that the world's wildernesses must be preserved. This study reviews the distribution of the last natural refuges around the world and explains why they are vital for the health of our planet. It traces the process of global destruction from early historic times through its mass acceleration since World War II, and evaluates the steps that have been, and are being taken, to conserve and protect the world's fragile ecosystems. Lavishly illustrated with over 200 full-color illustrations, Nature's Last Strongholds is an important reminder of the ephemerality of the Earth's beauty.

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Contents

PREFACE
7
WILD PLACES OF THE WORLD TYPES OF WILDERNESS
32
Central Europe Australasia Oceania and Antarctica
248
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About the author (1991)

Robert Burton is an established author in the field of everyday natural history who focuses on the commonplace rather than the exotic or unusual. He has a particular interest in the behavior of birds, which he has studied in several parts of the world. Burton has written over 30 titles in 30 years, including "Bird Behavior," "Bird Flight," "Bird Migration," "Egg" and the "North American Birdfeeder Handbook," He is the wildlife columnist for several British journals and has written many articles for other magazines. Burton also writes "Nature Note" column in London's "Daily Telegraph,"

Coming from a family of natural historians and writers, Burton has grown up with the concept of interpreting the secrets of animal life for a wider audience and so demonstrating their fascination. Although he works from home in Cambridge, England, lecturing on cruise ships and leading groups for his own tour company, Arcturus Expeditions, enables him to observe nature in remote places.