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The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
Contributor(s): Davis, Jack E. (Author)

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ISBN: 1631494023     ISBN-13: 9781631494024
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2018
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Annotation: CollapseAtlanticDallas Morning NewsThe GulfWall Street Journal
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BISAC Categories:
- Nature | Ecosystems & Habitats - Coastal Regions & Shorelines
- History | United States - State & Local - South (al,ar,fl,ga,ky,la,ms,nc,sc,tn,va,wv)
- History | World - General
Dewey: 909.096
LCCN: 2016051692
Physical Information: 1.7" H x 5.5" W x 8.2" (1.06 lbs) 608 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Davis, Jack E.: - Jack E. Davis is the author of the award-winning An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. A professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, he grew up on the Gulf coast, and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire.Davis, Jack E.: - Jack E. Davis is the author of the award-winning An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. A professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, he grew up on the Gulf coast, and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 January #4)

In this comprehensive and thoroughly researched narrative, Davis, professor of history and sustainability at the University of Florida, positions the Gulf of Mexico as an integral part of American ecology, culture, and—with future good stewardship—economic success. He sprinkles geological and marine history throughout the chronicle of the coast's demographic changes from indigenous inhabitants to European colonizers, Louisiana Cajuns, Texas roughnecks, and Florida's tourists. Davis unflinchingly addresses the decades of oil spills, overfishing, and poor environmental practices that reduced resources. He also describes the decline of coastal marshes, which protect against hurricanes, and the erosion stemming from ill-conceived Army Corps of Engineer projects. Hurricanes Camille and Katrina and the catastrophic BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill poignantly receive their due. Davis also discusses inspired conservation efforts to combat the fashion industry's feather fascination and subsequent decimation of snowy egrets. The density of the fact-packed chapters calls for a deliberate reading pace so as not to overlook any of Davis's thought-provoking commentary and keen descriptions. Rather than advocate an impractical hands-off approach to dealing with the Gulf's myriad issues, Davis makes the convincing argument that wiser, far-sighted practices—including those aimed at combating climate change—could help the Gulf region to remain a bastion of resources for the foreseeable future. (Mar.)

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