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The Resource The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions, David Quammen ; maps by Kris Ellingsen

The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions, David Quammen ; maps by Kris Ellingsen

Label
The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions
Title
The song of the dodo
Title remainder
island biogeography in an age of extinctions
Statement of responsibility
David Quammen ; maps by Kris Ellingsen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Thirty years ago, two young biologists named Robert MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson triggered a far-reaching scientific revolution. In a book titled The Theory of Island Biogeography, they presented a new view of a little-understood matter: the geographical patterns in which animal and plant species occur. Why do marsupials exist in Australia and South America, but not in Africa? Why do tigers exist in Asia, but not in New Guinea? Influenced by MacArthur and Wilson's book, an entire generation of ecologists has recognized that island biogeography - the study of the distribution of species on islands and islandlike patches of landscape - yields important insights into the origin and extinction of species everywhere. The new mode of thought focuses particularly on a single question: Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction? In our own age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into islandlike fragments by human activity, the implications of island biogeography are more urgent than ever. Until now, this scientific revolution has remained unknown to the general public. But over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed its threads on a globe-circling journey of discovery. In Madagascar, he has considered the meaning of tenrecs, a group of strange, prickly mammals native to that island. On the island of Guam, he has confronted a pestilential explosion of snakes and spiders. In these and other places, he has prowled through wild terrain with extraordinary scientists who study unusual beasts. The result is The Song of the Dodo, a book filled with landscape, wonder, and ideas. Besides being a grand outdoor adventure, it is, above all, a wake-up call to the age of extinctions
Writing style
Award
ALA Notable Book, 1997.
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155450
Cataloging source
DLC
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1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Quammen, David
Dewey number
574.9/1
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QH541.5.I8
LC item number
Q35 1996
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QH541.5.I8Q35
NAL item number
1996
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Island ecology
  • Endangered species
  • Biogeography
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
island biogeography in an age of extinctions
Label
The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions, David Quammen ; maps by Kris Ellingsen
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [648]-671) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thirty-six Persian throw rugs -- The man who knew islands -- So huge a bignes -- Rarity unto death -- Preston's bell -- The coming thing -- The hedgehog of the Amazon -- The song of the Indri -- World in pieces -- Message from Aru
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
702 pages
Isbn
9780684800837
Lccn
95044972
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • 33334523
  • (OCoLC)33334523
Label
The song of the dodo : island biogeography in an age of extinctions, David Quammen ; maps by Kris Ellingsen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [648]-671) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thirty-six Persian throw rugs -- The man who knew islands -- So huge a bignes -- Rarity unto death -- Preston's bell -- The coming thing -- The hedgehog of the Amazon -- The song of the Indri -- World in pieces -- Message from Aru
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
702 pages
Isbn
9780684800837
Lccn
95044972
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • 33334523
  • (OCoLC)33334523

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