For Love of Lakes

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MSU Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Science - 224 pages
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America has more than 130,000 lakes of significant size. Ninety percent of all Americans live within fifty miles of a lake, and our 1.8 billion trips to watery places make them our top vacation choice. Yet despite this striking popularity, more than 45 percent of surveyed lakes and 80 percent of urban lakes do not meet water quality standards. For Love of Lakes weaves a delightful tapestry of history, science, emotion, and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing. For Love of Lakes is an affectionate account documenting our species’ long relationship with lakes—their glacial origins, Thoreau and his environmental message, and the major perceptual shifts and advances in our understanding of lake ecology. This is a necessary and thoughtful book that addresses the stewardship void while providing improved understanding of our most treasured natural feature.

 

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Contents

MINDSCAPES
BlueGreen Nemesis
Limnos IIILake Mendota Wisconsin
Diamonds Dot
Limnos IVCedar Bog Lake Minnesota
Thinking Like a Tullibee
Riding the West Wind
FUTURESCAPES

On Seeing
Hastening Slowly
LAKESCAPES
Edges
Lady Daphnias World
Limnos IIFox Lake Illinois
Discovering Eden
Lake Agassizs Child
Seeking Hard Bottom
Shield Lakes Icon
The Future in a Raindrop
Limnos VMirror Lake New Hampshire
Lake of Dreams
Henrys Mirror
Lakescapes of the Mind
Darkhouse
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Darby Nelson, Professor Emeritus at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and aquatic ecologist, has servedt hree terms as a Minnesota state legislator and is the former board president of Conservation Minnesota.

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