Keeping All the Pieces: Perspectives on Natural History and the Environment

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University of Georgia Press, 2010 - Nature - 182 pages
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With scholarly expertise and infectious enthusiasm, Whit Gibbons explores the many pieces that support our natural environment. Whether describing caterpillar disguises, fish that produce antifreeze, the mutual reliance of rhinoceroses and Trewia trees, or the origins of tumbleweed, he affirms the delicate and intricate biological relationships between species and encourages a deeper knowledge of our natural world. In these essays Gibbons celebrates the beauty of biodiversity and laments the tragedy of “ecovoids,” a term he coined to describe missing components of our environment that we wish were still present but can never be replaced.
 

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Contents

Preface to the 2010 Edition
Acknowledgments xxi
A World without
Cold Fish 25
Own a Trewia Tree 36
an Unnatural Act 49
Gone? 68
Dont Tread on Me 79
And the Good News
PART THREE 129 PART FOUR
We Have Organization 140
BandAid? 250
The Riddle ofReelfoot
Add People Subtract
Franklinia 89
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\Whit Gibbons, a professor of ecology emeritus at the University of Georgia and head of the Environmental Outreach and Educational Program at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, has written or coauthored more than a dozen popular and scientific ecology books.

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