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Riley, J. L. (John L.), author
The once and future Great Lakes country : an ecological history / John L. Riley
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2013]
©2013
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  GF501 .R55 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Human ecology -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- History
Human ecology -- Ontario -- History
Subject Great Lakes Region (North America) -- Environmental conditions -- History
Ontario -- Environmental conditions -- History
Physical Description xxiv, 488 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-460) and index
Issued also in electronic format
Contents Introduction : the fifth line : a farm just like thousands of others -- Part one. The land and what happened to it. The land beyond memory : before 1500 -- Stone age meets iron--and smallpox : the 1500s and 1600s -- Wilding the land with war : the 1700s -- Manufacturing the land : the 1800s -- Part two. Voices of nature past. Taking the wildlife : 1500-1900 -- Clearing the wood : 1500-1900 -- Taming the unforested : prairies, alvars, barrens, cliffs, bogs, and fens -- The true north : three centuries on -- Part three. Nature's prospect. Invasives : the unintended consequences of the uninvited -- Growing cities, changing climates : the next conversion -- Restoration : a new native landscape -- Afterword : nature never repeats itself
Summary "North America's Great Lakes country has experienced centuries of upheaval, its landscapes utterly changed from what they were five hundred years ago. The region's abundant fish and wildlife and its magnificent forests and prairies astonished European newcomers who called it an earthly paradise but then ushered in an era of disease, warfare, resource depletion, and land development that transformed it forever. Covering a vast geography encompassing two Canadian provinces and nine American states, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country provides both a detailed ecological history and a broad panorama of this vast region. It blends the voices of early visitors with the hopes of citizens now"--Publisher's description
NOTE 538133
Series McGill-Queen's rural, wildland, and resource studies series ; 2

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