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Chuckwalla Land (eBook) by David Rains Wallace (Author)

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Whether Wallace is examining competing scientific theories or the popular attitudes toward the desert throughout the ages, he simultaneously educates and delights. Whether Wallace is examining competing scientific theories or the popular attitudes toward the desert throughout the ages, he simultaneously educates and delights. At about 200 pages this book is a quick read but one that will give you plenty of food for thought about nature and the people who study it. Today the story continues, with the mountain and its surrounding ridges and canyons anchoring a bold vision for a broad swath of protected open space and wildlife corridors stretching from Concord to Livermore. I purchased this book because I was about to visit Joshua Tree National Park and wanted to know more about the desert ecosystems of the American southwest. Eminent scientists and scholars appear throughout these pages, including maverick paleobiologist Daniel Axelrod, botanist Ledyard Stebbins, and naturalists Edmund Jaeger and Joseph Wood Krutch.

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Chuckwalla Land (eBook) by David Rains Wallace (Author)

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Whether Wallace is examining competing scientific theories or the popular attitudes toward the desert throughout the ages, he simultaneously educates and delights. A few maps and scenic photos would have also been nice but that's a publishing decision not Kindle's. Serpents lack an exterior ear, a tympanic membrane, a tympanic hollow space, and a Eusta chain tube. The former variants of The Rat worried method have been quintessential courses for these engaged on the rat and mouse as experimental types. In 1984, his third book, The Klamath Knot, received the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing and a Commonwealth Club Silver Medal for Literature. A knowing and poetic look at the desert. This is not so much a biological or geological text-book, even though it has a lot of scientific information, as it is a history of the people who lived, studied and conducted research in the area.

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Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California's Desert by David Rains Wallace

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Drawing from his frequent forays to Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon, Kelso Dunes, and other locales, Wallace illuminates the desert's intriguing flora and fauna as he explores a controversial, unresolved scientific debate about the origin and evolution of its unusual ecosystems. Whether Wallace is examining competing scientific theories or the popular attitudes toward the desert throughout the ages, he simultaneously educates and delights. A million years ago, in a climate much like ours today, the land around an ancestral bay teemed with large animals: mammoths and saber-tooth cats; bears, horses, and peccaries. Eminent scientists and scholars appear throughout these pages, including maverick paleobiologist Daniel Axelrod, botanist Ledyard Stebbins, and naturalists Edmund Jaeger and Joseph Wood Krutch. Wallace has interwoven historical, biological, and environmental threads to produce a fascinating account of the interesting theories that have been propounded about the California desert. Readers will come away with a better understanding of the desert's unique nature and of its geological and evolutionary past. Frankly, it is just a darn good read for anyone who enjoys natural history.

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Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California's Desert

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European settlers wiped out many of those animals, but programs to reintroduce some of them are now under way. While the book's narrative centers, primarily, on the American Deserts those theories can be applied to any of the world's arid landscapes. One thing I noticed in both the print and Kindle editions: There are extensive Notes but no way to access them from the text, I found that rather odd! Abstract: Discusses distinctive corner of California - its desert, the driest and hottest environment in North America. When I started visiting Point Reyes in the 1970s, the landscape from Limantour Beach up to the crest of Inverness Ridge had a special appeal. The author clearly knows his stuff, and he writes well. This book will appeal to anyone who cherishes arid lands and their natural history.

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He lives in California with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Kendall. I really enjoyed the descriptions of flora and fauna, and of the early explorers' findings. I got lost in the see-sawing of geologists, botanists, paleontologists and others in time. Eminent scientists and scholars appear throughout these pages, including maverick paleobiologist Daniel Axelrod, botanist Ledyard Stebbins, and naturalists Edmund Jaeger and Joseph Wood Krutch. In the Shadow of the Sphinx: From the wettest tropical rainforests to the driest deserts, Earth's surface is a constantly changing mosaic of environments that have supported and challenged life on Earth since it's beginning some 3 billion years ago.

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Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California's Desert

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I was not expecting most of the book to be as technical as it was, which was my fault because I didn't read the information about it as thoroughly as I should have. Readers will come away with a better understanding of the desert's unique nature and of its geological and evolutionary past. Weaving together ecology, geology, natural history, and mythology in his characteristically eloquent voice, Wallace reveals that there is more to this starkly beautiful landscape than meets the eye. Weaving together ecology, geology, natural history, and mythology in his characteristically eloquent voice, Wallace reveals that there is more to this starkly beautiful landscape than meets the eye. Chuckwalla Land should finally retire the persistent myth of the desert as an environmental and intellectual wasteland.

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Chuckwalla Land (eBook) by David Rains Wallace (Author)

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What is now a verdant woodland can become an endless prairie as conditions change and an arid wasteland as the the climate dries out even more. The author clearly knows his stuff, and he writes well. But if you like one example about how scientists pursue truth and work off each other over time, you're in luck. Nobody even knows how old it is. Whether Wallace is examining competing scientific theories or the popular attitudes toward the desert throughout the ages, he simultaneously educates and delights.

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Chuckwalla Land by David Rains Wallace · OverDrive (Rakuten OverDrive): eBooks, audiobooks and videos for libraries

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The weird formations seemed to act directly on my mind, to knead and stretch it, squeezing aside the worn furniture of normal perception. Weaving together ecology, geology, natural history, and mythology in his characteristically eloquent voice, Wallace reveals that there is more to this starkly beautiful landscape than meets the eye. I don't know my geologic periods well enough to keep up with what they were talking about. The fourth variation complements this custom, delivering the most recent details within the very energetic box of study at the mind, spinal wire, and peripheral apprehensive process. This title illuminates the desert's intriguing flora and fauna as he explores a controversial, unresolved scientific debate about the origin and evolution of its unusual ecosystems. Eminent scientists and scholars appear throughout these pages, including maverick paleobiologist Daniel Axelrod, botanist Ledyard Stebbins, and naturalists Edmund Jaeger and Joseph Wood Krutch. But those few who did stop here, including the botanist-poet who first described the California poppy, left tantalizing clues to the world they saw before the Gold Rush transformed the Bay Area from backwater to boomtown.

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Chuckwalla Land by David Rains Wallace

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Only those organisms that can adapt to whatever conditions life throws at them will survive and prosper, extinction is the only alternative. Chuckwalla Land should finally retire the persistent myth of the desert as an environmental and intellectual wasteland. Death Valley, the Mojave and Sonoran deserts were places that he visited often and his insights on their origins may give you a fresh perspective on these unforgiving places. But Wallace is not satisfied with merely recounting this illuminating and complex litany of interpretations. A knowing and poetic look at the desert.

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Chuckwalla Land: The Riddle of California's Desert by David Rains Wallace

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Eminent scientists and scholars appear throughout these pages, including maverick paleobiologist Daniel Axelrod, botanist Ledyard Stebbins, and naturalists Edmund Jaeger and Joseph Wood Krutch. . David Rains Wallace Was born in Virginia and grew up in New England but has spent most of his life in California. Which raises the question: What should a healthy, native megafauna look like now? Chuckwalla Land should finally retire the persistent myth of the desert as an environmental and intellectual wasteland. The E-mail message field is required.

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