Disappearing Destinations

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 8, 2008 - Nature - 224 pages
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A beautiful and memorable look at some of the most gorgeous endangered places on the planet.

Machu Picchu is a mesmerizing, ancient Incan city tucked away in the mountains of Peru, but it is rapidly being worn down by the thousands of feet treading across its stones. Glacier National Park is a destination long known for the stunning beauty of its ice floes, but in our lifetimes it will have no glaciers due to global warming. In the biobays of Puerto Rico swimmers can float in a sea shimmering with bioluminescent life, but sediment being churned up by development is killing the dinoflagellates that produce the eerie and beautiful glow. And in the Congo Basin of Africa, where great apes roam freely in lush, verdant rainforests, logging is quickly destroying the vast life-giving canopies. These places-along with many others across the globe-are changing as we speak due to global warming, environmental degradation, overuse, and natural causes.

From the Boreal Forests in Finland to the Yangtze River Valley in China, 37 Places to See Before They Disappear is a treasure trove of geographic wonder, and a guide to these threatened destinations and what is being done to save them.


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Disappearing destinations: 37 places in peril and what can be done to help save them

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Written with care by Lisagor and Hansen, both wilderness and travel journalists, this ecologically-minded travelogue takes readers to a gaggle of stunning but delicate spots around the globe selected ... Read full review

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A refreshing take on the topic! Hansen and Lisagor provide a look at these "disappearing destinations" that does not only emphasize their tragic loss. Instead, they also include the stories of local activists who fight to save them, and take an optimistic view emphasizing ways that travelers can contribute to positive change. An interesting and pleasant read - a compelling book that won't just languish with other pretty coffee table books, but instead will remain at your bedside or in your backpack until you've read it from cover to cover (maybe more than once!) 

Contents

FOREWORD BY PICO IYER xiii
4
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Alaska
19
Casco Bay Maine
41
Glacier National Park Montana
58
Inner and Outer Banks North CllllI1l
74
Oahu Hawaii
91
Yellowstone National Park
108
A N A D A l 1
121
Bioluminescent Bays Puerto Rico
165
SOUTH AMERICA
171
Machu Picchu Peru
213
EUROPE THE MIDDLE EAST
223
Venice Italy
269
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About the author (2008)

Heather Hansen has worked on staff at Boston magazine, the Sunday Independent (Johannesburg, South Africa) and the Provincetown Banner, where she wrote extensively on people and the environment. She won the Harper's magazine award for Distinguished Magazine Writing in 1999, and has contributed to two books by Gail Sheehy: Middletown, America and Hillary's Choice. Heather has political science and English degrees from Mount Holyoke College and a masters in journalism from UC Berkeley. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Kimberly Lisagor is a freelance journalist who has written about travel and the environment for Outside, Mother Jones, Men's Journal, National
Geographic Adventure, USA Weekend, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and others. She is the author of Outside's Wilderness Lodge Vacations
(W.W. Norton & Co., 2004), which won the Lowell Thomas Award for best guidebook and an Award of Excellence from the North American Travel Journalists Association. She lives in San Luis Obispo, California.


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