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This Fine Piece of Water : An Environmental History of Long Island Sound

Andersen, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0300082509 / ISBN 13: 9780300082500
Published by Yale University Press 2002-05-01, US, 2002
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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256 pages, illustrations in b&w. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy. Record # 464737. Bookseller Inventory # 464737

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Title: This Fine Piece of Water : An Environmental ...

Publisher: Yale University Press 2002-05-01, US

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Long Island Sound is not only the most heavily-used estuary in North America, it is also one of the most beautiful waterways, with picturesque seascapes and landfalls. But centuries of pollution and other abuse have gradually been killing off its marine life and have pushed the Sound to the brink of disaster. This volume traces the history of the Sound and its use as a resource from the time of contact between the Native Americans and Dutch traders through the suburban sprawl of recent decades, and tells how a group of scientists and citizens has been working to save the Sound from ruin. Tom Andersen begins by describing the dramatic events of the summer of 1987, when a condition called hypoxia (lack of dissolved oxygen in the water brought about by a combination of pollution and other factors) killed large numbers of fish and lobsters in the Sound. He discusses how scientists first documented and explained the development of hypoxia and how research and cleanup are now being carried out to restore the Sound. Interweaving current events, natural history and human history, Andersen presents a cautionary tale of exploitation without concern for preservation.

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"[Rachel] Carson sounded the clarion call against pesticides and toxins in our environment. Now Tom Andersen has called us back to the barricades to save our dying estuaries."— Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,

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