Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion

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Macmillan, May 2, 2006 - Nature - 340 pages
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Now as never before, exotic animals and plants are crossing the globe, borne on the swelling tide of human traffic to places where nature never intended them to be. Bird-eating snakes hitchhike to Hawaii in the landing gear of airliners; pernicious European zebra mussels, riding in ships' ballast water, disrupt aquatic ecosystems across the United States; feral camels and poisonous foreign toads plague Australia; giant Indonesian pythons lurk beneath homes in suburban Miami. As alien species jump from place to place and increasingly crowd native and endangered species out of existence, biologists speak fearfully of "the homogenization of the world." Never mind bulldozers and pesticides: the fastestgrowing threat to biological diversity may be nature itself.

Out of Eden is a dazzling personal journey through this strange and shifting landscape. Alan Burdick tours the front lines of ecological invasion in the company of world-class scientists: in Hawaii, Tasmania, Guam, San Francisco; in lush rain forests, aboard an Alaska-bound oil tanker, inside a spacecraft-assembly facility at NASA. Wry and reflective, animated and provocative, Out of Eden is a search both for scientific answers and for ecological authenticity, from a writer of remarkable range and talent.

Out of Eden is a 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
27
Section 4
37
Section 5
49
Section 6
63
Section 7
70
Section 8
83
Section 16
176
Section 17
185
Section 18
204
Section 19
219
Section 20
243
Section 21
249
Section 22
261
Section 23
264

Section 9
94
Section 10
102
Section 11
106
Section 12
119
Section 13
135
Section 14
146
Section 15
156
Section 24
271
Section 25
289
Section 26
293
Section 27
305
Section 28
317
Section 29
325
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About the author (2006)

Alan Burdick's articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Best American Science and Nature Writing, Harper's, GQ, Natural History, and Discover, where he is a senior editor. He lives with his wife in New York City.

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