The Book of the Everglades (The World As Home)

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9781571312600: The Book of the Everglades (The World As Home)

With all the spice of southern storytelling, The Book of the Everglades brings to light the often outlandish results of humankind’s attempts to control and redesign nature. Journalists, essayists, poets, and educators tell how the natural plumbing of the Everglades has been rerouted not only by the Army Corps of Engineers but by sugar planters, politicians, and growth. Contributing writers include Carl Hiassen, Al Burt, Archie Carr, and Julie Hauserman.

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Diked and ditched, the water of the Everglades is so siphoned off for agribusiness and the megalopolis of southeast Florida that the natural "river of grass" is in perpetual distress. A multibillion-dollar restoration program intends to undo some of the water "management" constructions, such as the bizarre channelization of the Kissimmee River, but most of the ramparts that confine this unique ecosystem are likely to be permanent. Contributors to this anthology include well-known author Carl Hiaasen as well as other (mostly Florida) writers and naturalists. Under the headings of five biogeographical provinces that compose the Everglades, such as the cypress groves of the western Everglades or the mangroves of Florida Bay, the writers express a spectrum of concerns. Several essayists recount their visits to developments that have degraded the Everglades, such as the sugar refinery (subsidized by taxes) that abuts Lake Okeechobee. Taken together, the environmental descriptions, human-interest stories, and south Florida atmospherics create a lively volume with something memorable for readers partial to saw-grass green. Gilbert Taylor
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"Editor Susan Cerulean has put together an impressive range of voices here..." -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 17, 2002

"This book, with its many gifted authors, gives voice to elements of the Everglades missing in current debates..." -- Florida Wildlife Magazine November, 2002

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