Teaching the Trees

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In this collection of natural-history essays, biologist Joan Maloof embarks on a series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Through Maloofs engaging, conversational style, each essay offers a lesson in stewa…
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    In this collection of natural-history essays, biologist Joan Maloof embarks on a series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Through Maloofs engaging, conversational style, each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the interwoven connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on itand who, in turn, work to ensure the trees survival.Never really at home in a laboratory, Maloof took to the woods early in her career. Her enthusiasm for firsthand observation in the wild spills over into her writing, whether the subject is the composition of forest air, the eagles preference for nesting in loblolly pines, the growth rings of the bald cypress, or the gray squirrels fondness for weevil-infested acorns. With a storytellers instinct for intriguing particulars, Maloof expands our notions about what a tree is through her many asidesabout the six species of leafhoppers who eat only sycamore leaves or the midges who live inside holly berries and somehow prevent them from turning red.As a scientist, Maloof accepts that trees have a spiritual dimension that cannot be quantified. As an unrepentant tree hugger, she finds support in the scientific case for biodiversity. As an activist, she cant help but wonder how much time is left for our forests.

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    E-Bok
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    ePUB
    Utgivelsesår
    2010
    Forlag
    University of Georgia Press
    Språk
    Engelsk
    ISBN
    9780820335988
    Sider
    176

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