Portrait of an Island

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University of Georgia Press, Oct 1, 1997 - Nature - 184 pages
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When Mildred and John Teal moved to Sapelo Island, Georgia, in 1955, they stepped back in time to a virtually undeveloped landscape of salt marsh, maritime forest, freshwater ponds, sand dunes, and beaches. Over the course of a four-year stay their careful observations of the island's unique marine ecology and wonderfully varied flora and fauna became the basis for Portrait of an Island. The island's human history dates back more than four thousand years. The lure of Sapelo has drawn many to its shores, including tobacco millionaire R. J. Reynolds, who established the University of Georgia Marine Institute there in the 1950s. Surrounded by sixteen thousand acres of pristine marsh, Sapelo offers researchers and the public a rare opportunity for environmental studies. Now a state game refuge and national estuarine sanctuary, the island remains a special haven where humans and nature quietly and peacefully coexist. Portrait of an Island is essential reading for anyone who treasures tranquility.
 

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Contents

Sapelo Almanac
9
The Invasion
21
Forest Savannah and Swamp
29
Larger Animals of the Forest
38
Creeping and Crawling Things
50
Amphibians
67
FreshWater Ponds the Bird Colonies
75
The Form of the Marsh
91
The Tide Comes In
110
Production
118
Beach Drift
129
Zoning
141
Birds of the Shore
153
FINISH
161
INDEX
171
Copyright

Out With the Tide
100

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Mildred Teal and John Teal are the authors of Diary of a Salt Marsh and other books. Mildred Teal works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Falmouth, Massachusetts. John Teal is a scientist emeritus at the institute and an environmental consultant.

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