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Natural History of San Francisco Bay (California Natural History Guides) by Kathleen M. Wong,Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Natural History of San Francisco Bay (California Natural History Guides)
Title:
Natural History of San Francisco Bay (California Natural History Guides)
Author:
Kathleen M. Wong,Ariel Rubissow Okamoto
ISBN:
0520268253
ISBN13:
978-0520268258
Formats available:
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Category:
Nature & Ecology
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of California Press (September 1, 2011)
Pages:
352 pages
PDF size:
1450 kb
FB2 size:
1149 kb
EPUB size:
1689 kb
This complete primer on San Francisco Bay is a multifaceted exploration of an extraordinary, and remarkably resilient, body of water. Bustling with oil tankers, laced with pollutants, and crowded with forty-six cities, the bay is still home to healthy eelgrass beds, young Dungeness crabs and sharks, and millions of waterbirds. Written in an entertaining style for a wide audience, Natural History of San Francisco Bay delves into an array of topics including fish and wildlife, ocean and climate cycles, endangered and invasive species, and the path from industrialization to environmental restoration. More than sixty scientists, activists, and resource managers share their views and describe their work—tracing mercury through the aquatic ecosystem, finding ways to convert salt ponds back to tidal wetlands, anticipating the repercussions of climate change, and more. Fully illustrated and packed with stories, quotes, and facts, the guide also tells how San Francisco Bay sparked an environmental movement that now reaches across the country.

Reviews:
  • Velan
The Natural History of San Francisco Bay provides a comprehensive education on the ecology of the Bay Area watershed past, present and future. Rather than being pedantic, though, the information is presented in an entertaining, conversational tone with interesting anecdotes and great photographs spread throughout.
  • Burilar
This is an excellent review of the history, ecology, and conservation problems of San Francisco Bay. It is the foremost reference for students and the general public.
  • Agalas
excellent!
  • JoldGold
This book offers excellent coverage of the SF Bay in all its aspects .

Not just for nature lovers, but for eveyone.
  • Drelahuginn
The authors have produced a beautifully illustrated, informative, and very readable book about the San Francisco Bay in the past and its changes into the present. The movement to save the Bay from gradual destruction started in the early 60ies by three women: Esther Gulick, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Kay Kerr. In 1965 the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission was created. The pictures, diagrams, and tables are excellent and useful.
  • Xwnaydan
If you want to learn about the natural history of San Francisco Bay there is no better book than the recently released compilation by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong. The breadth of content guarantees new information for even the most knowledgable on the subject. The color photographs contain some breathtaking images in their own right. Many other photos, tables and graphs help bring the impeccably researched text to life. This new resource, packed into a wealth of 335 pages, makes for joyful exploration and an excellent reference.
  • Hulbine
I have skimmed this publication and find it to be poorly written, as well as full of political assumptions that should be attributed by the authors to their own political beliefs. None of the real political forces which led to hydraulic mining, draining of wetlands and pollution of the Bay are explored. To the contrary, insipid politics are the norm in this publication. For instance, pg. 166 regarding emerging contaminants: the authors speak of the mercury, selenium, PCBs and flame retardants among other pollutants. But they insist that "industry isn't solely to blame." They want to include as major polluters individual citizens that use personal care products, medicines, birth control, etc. along with industry. Nevermind that the public has little to no choice in using these products knowingly produced by industry; nevermind that the purchase of our legislative system by industry makes legislation banning these substances for manufacture highly unlikely. To equate the average member of the public with industry when it comes to creating and disseminating pollutants, is for the authors to take a willfully blind attitude about the politics of pollution.