The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston (Paperback / softback)
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- DescriptionHidden away in foggy, uncharted rain forest valleys in Northern California are the largest and tallest organisms the world has ever sustained the coast redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens. Ninety-six percent of the ancient redwood forests have been destroyed by logging, but the untouched fragments that remain are among the great wonders of nature. The biggest redwoods have trunks up to thirty feet wide and can rise more than thirty-five stories above the ground, forming cathedral-like structures in the air. Until recently, redwoods were thought to be virtually impossible to ascend, and the capy at the tops of these majestic trees was undiscovered. In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of Steve Sillett, Marie Antoine, and the tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored. The capy voyagers are young just college students when they start their quest and they share a passion for these trees, persevering in spite of sometimes crushing personal obstacles and failings. They take big risks, they igre common wisdom (such as the tion that there s thing left to discover in North America), and they even make love in hammocks stretched between branches three hundred feet in the air. The deep redwood capy is a vertical Eden filled with mosses, lichens, spotted salamanders, hanging gardens of ferns, and thickets of huckleberry bushes, all growing out of massive trunk systems that have fused and formed flying buttresses, sometimes carved into blackened chambers, hollowed out by fire, called fire caves. Thick layers of soil sitting on limbs harbor animal and plant life that is unkwn to science. Humans move through the deep capy suspended on ropes, far out of sight of the ground, kwing that the price of a small mistake can be a plunge to one s death. Preston s account of this amazing world, by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating, is an adventure story told in velistic detail by a master of nfiction narrative. The author shares his protagonists passion for tall trees, and he mastered the techniques of tall-tree climbing to tell the story in The Wild Trees the story of the fate of the world s most splendid forests and of the imperiled biosphere itself. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author BiographyRichard Preston is the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and the novel The Cobra Event. A writer for The New Yorker since 1985, Preston is the only nondoctor to have received the Centers for Disease Control s Champion of Prevention Award. He also holds an award from the American Institute of Physics. Preston lives outside of New York City.www.richardpreston.net From the Hardcover edition.
- Author(s)Richard Preston
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectNatural History: Plants
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, maps
- Weight227 g
- Width131 mm
- Height202 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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