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- DescriptionFor millions, the Galapagos Islands represent nature at its most unspoiled, an inviolate place famed for its rare flora and fauna. But soon today's 30,000 human residents could surpass 50,000. Add invasive species, floods of tourists, and unresolved conflicts between Ecuadorian laws and local concerns, and it's easy to see why the Galapagos were recently added to UNESCO's World Heritage in Danger list. Each chapter in this provocative, perceptive book focuses on a specific person or group with a stake in the Galapagos' natural resources-from tour companies whose activities are often illegal and t always green, to creationist guides who lead tours with mention of evolution, from fishermen up in arms over lobster quotas, to modern-day pirates who poach endangered marine species. Bassett presents a perspective as readable as it is sensible. Told with wit, passion, and grace, the Galapagos story serves as a miniature model of Earth itself, a perfect example of how an environment can be destroyed- and what is being done to preserve these islands before it's too late.
- Author BiographyCarol Ann Bassett is the author of A Gathering of Stones and Organ Pipe. She has contributed pieces to The New York Times, The Nation, Mother Jones, Science, The Los Angeles Times, and Conde Nast Traveler.
- Author(s)Carol Ann Bassett
- PublisherNational Geographic Society
- Date of Publication19/05/2009
- SubjectPopular Science
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNational Geographic Society
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- Weight544 g
- Width157 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine27 mm
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