The Wild Shores of Patagonia: The Valdes Peninsula & Punta Tombo

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Patagonia, the vast region at the southern tip of South America, is one of the last truly wild places in the world. This book focuses on one coastal region of Argentina that offers at least seasonal housing for an incredible wealth of sea birds (half a million Magellanic penguins), sea mammals (countless elephant seas and hundreds of endangered southern right whales) and land mammals (the guanaco, a smaller relative of the camel, is found here). This is the first photographic essay of the wildlife of the region, the result of the photographer's two years of living in a remote ranger's cabin on a cliff towering over the Southern Atlantic Ocean. All photographs are color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Neither an experienced author nor a photographer, Rossi discovered Patagonia while on short leave from her job with the European Parliament and promptly turned her fascination into a two-year encampment to prepare this book. About half the book is devoted to a detailed discussion of southern right whales, southern elephant seals, and killer whales (including their unique beach hunting methods). Less detail is given to South American sea lions and dusky and bottlenose dolphins. The author describes Magellanic penguins but provides limited information on 12 other kinds of birds, sometimes furnishing just one picture and caption per species. Rossi also discusses eight land animals in about 25 pages, giving short shrift to some unique creatures. Reader interest in this area may grow, since the United Nations has recently declared the Vald s Peninsula a World Heritage Site, and ecotourist visits are increasing. Although the photographs are merely average, this readable volume is recommended for large public libraries and academic environmental/life sciences collections.DNancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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