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A Window on Eternity

A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park
Wilson, Edward O. (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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"The remarkable story of how one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world was destroyed, restored, and continues to evolve--with stunning, full-color photographs by two of the world's best wildlife photographers. In 1976, Gorongosa National Park was the premier park in Mozambique, boasting one of the densest wildlife populations in all of Africa. Across 1,500 square miles of lush green floodplains, thick palm forests, swampy lakes, and vast plains roamed creatures great and small, from herds of wildebeest and elephant to countless bird species and insects yet to be classified. Then came the civil war of 1978-1992, when much of the ecosystem was destroyed, reducing some large animal populations by 90 percent or more. Due to a remarkable conservation effort sponsored by an American entrepreneur, the park was restored in the 1990s and is now evolving back to its former state. This is the story of that incredible transformation and why such biological diversity is so important. In A Window on Eternity, world-renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward O. Wilson shows why biodiversity is vital to the future of the Earth, including our human population. It is in places like Gorongosa in Africa, explains Wilson, that our own species evolved. Wilson takes readers to the forested groves of the park's watershed on sacred Mount Gorongosa, then far away to deep gorges along the edge of the Rift Valley, places previously unexplored by biologists, with the aim of discovering new species and assessing their ancient origins. He treats readers to a war between termites and raider ants, describes 'conversations' with elephant herds, and explains the importance of a one-day 'bioblitz.' Praised as 'one of the finest scientists writing today' (Los Angeles Times), Wilson uses the story of Gorongosa to show the significance of biodiversity to humankind"-- Provided by publisher. "E.O. Wilson, one of the most celebrated scientists in the United States, shows why biodiversity is vital to the future of Earth and to our own species through the story of an African national park that may be the most diverse place on earth, in a gorgeously illustrated book"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Wilson, Edward O.
Title: A window on eternity
a biologist's walk through Gorongosa National Park
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Characteristics: xix, 149 pages :,color illustrations, color maps ;,24 cm +,1 DVD (4 3/4 inches)
Statement of Responsibility: Edward O. Wilson ; photographs by Piotr Naskrecki
Contents: The search for eternity
The sacred mountain of Mozambique
Once there were giants
War and redemption
Dung and blood
The twenty-foot crocodile
The elephant whisperer
The house of spiders
The clash of insect civilizations
The log of an entomological expedition
The struggle for existence
The conservation of eternity
Summary: "The remarkable story of how one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world was destroyed, restored, and continues to evolve--with stunning, full-color photographs by two of the world's best wildlife photographers. In 1976, Gorongosa National Park was the premier park in Mozambique, boasting one of the densest wildlife populations in all of Africa. Across 1,500 square miles of lush green floodplains, thick palm forests, swampy lakes, and vast plains roamed creatures great and small, from herds of wildebeest and elephant to countless bird species and insects yet to be classified. Then came the civil war of 1978-1992, when much of the ecosystem was destroyed, reducing some large animal populations by 90 percent or more. Due to a remarkable conservation effort sponsored by an American entrepreneur, the park was restored in the 1990s and is now evolving back to its former state. This is the story of that incredible transformation and why such biological diversity is so important. In A Window on Eternity, world-renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward O. Wilson shows why biodiversity is vital to the future of the Earth, including our human population. It is in places like Gorongosa in Africa, explains Wilson, that our own species evolved. Wilson takes readers to the forested groves of the park's watershed on sacred Mount Gorongosa, then far away to deep gorges along the edge of the Rift Valley, places previously unexplored by biologists, with the aim of discovering new species and assessing their ancient origins. He treats readers to a war between termites and raider ants, describes 'conversations' with elephant herds, and explains the importance of a one-day 'bioblitz.' Praised as 'one of the finest scientists writing today' (Los Angeles Times), Wilson uses the story of Gorongosa to show the significance of biodiversity to humankind"-- Provided by publisher.
"E.O. Wilson, one of the most celebrated scientists in the United States, shows why biodiversity is vital to the future of Earth and to our own species through the story of an African national park that may be the most diverse place on earth, in a gorgeously illustrated book"-- Provided by publisher.
Additional Contributors: Naskrecki, Piotr
ISBN: 1476747415
9781476747415
Branch Call Number: 333.9516 W7478w 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Parque Nacional da Gorongosa (Mozambique) Pictorial works Parque Nacional da Gorongosa (Mozambique) Description and travel Parque Nacional da Gorongosa (Mozambique) Environmental conditions Nature conservation Mozambique Parque Nacional da Gorongosa Restoration ecology Mozambique Parque Nacional da Gorongosa Natural history Mozambique Parque Nacional da Gorongosa Biodiversity Mozambique Parque Nacional da Gorongosa
Genre/Form: Nonfiction films
Nature films
Documentary films
Topical Term: Nature conservation
Restoration ecology
Natural history
Biodiversity
LCCN: 2013032607
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Edward Wilson and Piotr Naskrecki together in one book is a combo that will get lovers of biodiversity all hot and bothered. I'm betting this makes it to some Best of 2014 lists as we get later into the year. Want want want.


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"Joining forces with nature photographer Piotr Naskrecki, biologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edward O. Wilson takes readers on a lavishly illustrated tour of Mozambique's 1,500 square mile Gorongosa National Park, documenting the region's natural history as well as the devastation wrought by a 16-year civil war that destroyed much of the park's biodiversity -- including 90 percent of its megafauna. Wilson also describes Gorongosa's gradual rebirth, a collaborative effort between scientists and philanthropists whose goal to restore the area to its former glory proceeds at a slow but steady pace. For a moving, yet ultimately hopeful story of conservation against the backdrop of one of the world's most beautiful and valuable ecological treasures, don't miss A Window on Eternity." Nature and Science June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/eaa85527-59b9-4794-85a8-16a62e26054a?postId=f3c1543b-4239-4258-a283-3e26e8d3608f

Jun 04, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Excellent photographs, so-so writing, confusing maps. A coffee table book meant to promote the other projects the author is involved in.

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