A Year in the Notch: Exploring the Natural History of the White Mountains

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UPNE, 2001 - Nature - 194 pages
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In the same format and style of his prize-winning Shallow Waters, William Sargent's latest book chronicles a year spent exploring the North Woods of New Hampshire. Through words and photographs, the man about whom Publishers Weekly wrote, "With his fine descriptions and lucid explanations, Sargent joins the company of Lewis Thomas and Stephen Jay Gould as a first rate interpreter of modern science" investigates a new area's geology, ecology, and natural history. Centered primarily in the Franconia Notch, the book ranges to include Mount Washington Observatory, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Palermo Mine, and New Hampshire Audubon's Peregrine Tagging Program.

In a series of lyrical chapters, Sargent takes readers into vernal ponds and moose yards, up mountain summits and into the dens of hibernating bears. He shows that the present pattern of evergreen and deciduous trees we think of as natural is actually the result of centuries of human alteration. Describing how humans have become the newest geophysical force shaping our planet, he ruminates on how well the earth's immune system can withstand the onslaught. Offering up-to-date science on the geology and biology of New England, A Year in the Notch explains the interaction between life, rocks, and water -- the intricate dance that keeps our planet alive and makes our own existence possible.
 

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Contents

The White Mountains
3
Gathering Slate
7
On the Rocks
12
Winter
19
First Snow
21
Coal Hill
26
A MidWinter Blizzard
36
Blame it on the Oxytocin
43
Beneath Falcons Wings
103
Mount Washington
112
Summer
123
Hubbard Brook
125
Dawn Symphony
137
The Palermo Mine
144
The Rockpile
149
Partv Autumn 21 The Baiting Season
161

Deep Time
48
A Quest for Green
55
Sugar Hill
61
Part in Spring 11 The First Day of Spring
69
A Springtime Digression
78
The Vernal Pond
84
Tree Time
91
The Experiment
169
To Fell a Tree
177
Senseless in Seattle?
181
My Fathers Ashes
188
Index
193
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William Sargent is a consultant for the NOVA Science Series and has written six books about science and the environment, including Storm Surge: A Coastal Village Battles the Rising Atlantic (1995) and The Year of the Crab: Marine Animals in Modern Medicine (1988). His Shallow Waters: A Year on Cape Cod's Pleasant Bay (1981) received the Boston Globe Winship award for the best book about New England and was the basis for a NOVA film, "The Sea Behind the Dunes," selected by the National Audubon Society as the best natural history film of the year. Formerly Director of the Baltimore Aquarium and a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Sargent presently teaches at The Briarwood Center for Marine Biology and at Harvard University.

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