Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Title

1) Nicholls, Henry. The Galapagos: A Natural History. 2014. Basic Books. Hardbound: 195 pages. Price: $27.99 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: In The Galápagos, science writer Henry Nicholls offers a lively natural and human history of the archipelago, charting its course from deserted wilderness to biological testing ground and global ecotourism hot spot. Describing the island chain's fiery geological origins as well as our species' long history of interaction with the islands, he draws vivid portraits of the life forms found in the Galápagos, capturing its awe-inspiring landscapes, understated flora, and stunning wildlife. Nicholls also reveals the immense challenges facing the islands, which must continually balance conservation and ever encroaching development.
      Beautifully weaving together natural history, evolutionary theory, and his own experience on the islands, Nicholls shows that the story of the Galápagos is not merely an isolated concern, but reflects the future of our species' relationship with nature—and the fate of our planet.
RECOMMENDATION: A readable introduction to the natural history of the Galapagos Islands. 

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