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The Great Lakes: The Natural History of a Changing Region Hardcover – Sep 26 2007

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books / David Suzuki Foundation (Sept. 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553651979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553651970
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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The most complete and up-to-date resource about the ecology of the world's largest freshwater system. —Exploration Magazine

(2007-09-30)

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A comprehensive, engaging, and timely exploration of one of the most important ecological systems on Earth, a life-sustaining continental resource that is increasingly under threat.

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Quite so, and that's a good thing, given that this one is written by one of Canada's pre-eminent science/nature writers. Grady caps a long career in depicting our understanding of Nature's phenomena with this examination of the string running over part of the Canadian-US border. Containing nearly a fifth of the world's supply of fresh water, the lakes are important to vast lands and populations in North America. Grady points out that many misconceptions about the Lakes abound. Change is endemic in the Lake system, and artificial change must be considered with the utmost care, based on careful analysis. His flowing prose, enhanced by lavish maps, photographs and illustrations, imparts the view of the lakes as a dynamic system.

The book's subtitle "the Natural History of A Changing Region" sets the theme. Resulting from the scouring of the Laurentide Glacier as it retreated ten thousand years ago, the Lakes exhibit individual profiles and behaviours. The final outlines of the Lakes emerged about the time Egypt began constructing the Pyramids. A view of "The Water World" explains how lake water "turns over" according to the season, and how the varying depths influence the flow and the life in and around them. Which Lake is deepest may not be a surprise, but the second deepest and shallowest may reveal misconceptions. Lake Superior holds more water than the others combined, and is the fourth largest in the world.

Delimiting the outlines is only the beginning for Grady, who takes us through the entire ecological framework of the region. We are shown the forest types around the Lakes, the wetlands of the their margins, and the river systems feeding them. The forests are divided into three zones, Boreal, Great Lakes-St Lawrence and Carolinian.
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Format: Hardcover
This book I've bought as a Christmas gift for my son. I can hardly wait to give it to him. I hope he's gonna like it much...
The pictures in this book are just amazing! The whole book is the best source of information about The Great Lakes I've ever seen.
This is the great book about the Great Lakes!
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Format: Paperback
I say "surprisingly" good because I never thought I could be so thoroughly engaged by a natural history book. But "The Great Lakes" is a fascinating and well-written account of the flora, fauna, ecology and geology of the Great Lakes basin.
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This is a very professionally laid out, beautifully typeset and designed book, chock full of information about the natural history of the Great Lakes Basin. A must-purchase if this is your interest.
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By Tom on April 19 2015
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Good book
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