From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain is an account of the making of a large part of the American landscape following European settlement. Drawing upon land survey records and early travellers' accounts, Dr Whitney reconstructs the 'virgin' forests and grasslands of the north-eastern and central United States during the pre-settlement period. He then documents successively the clearance and fragmentation of the region's woodlands, the harvest of the forest and its game, the ploughing of the prairies, and the draining of wetlands. The degree to which these activities altered the soil, climate, plant and animal communities, and water cycle are evaluated, and the sustainability of present-day ecosystems is brought into question in this account.
This is a book about optimism and positive thinking. I have compiled 101 original quotes and thoughts that will make you think a little, scratch your head a little, and hopefully make you laugh a little as well. It's for the old, it's for the young, it's for anyone and everyone who has an open mind and who's looking to improve on their life
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