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The book of the Everglades
Cerulean, Susan.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2002.
Physical Description:
xvi, 257 pages : maps ; 23 cm
The Everglades : an ecology in five parts / Susan Cerulean & Jono Miller -- The river and the plain / Archie Carr -- Two hunters / Betty Mae Jumper -- Welcome to Dike Okeechobee / Julie Hauserman -- Lost gourds and spent soils on the shores of Okeechobee / Gary Paul Nabhan -- The sweet hereafter : our craving for sugar starves the Everglades and fattens politicians / Paul Roberts -- Losing ground: soil subsidence in the Everglades / Juanita Greene -- Everglades National Park fiftieth anniversary : homage to a magical place / Carl Hiaasen -- The corn lady / Betty Mae Jumper -- A culture endangered / Jeff Klinkenberg -- This path don't lead to Miami : Everglades treks of the 1800s / Jan Godown -- The stork and the sparrow / Don Stap -- Straws in a swimming pool / Michele Hatton -- Putting down roots : exotics in the Everglades / Sharon Rauch -- Path of the panther / Charles Fergus -- A green hell / Susan Orlean -- The lightning bug and the moth / Jono Miller -- The most valuable bird / Susan Diane Jewett -- The last days of Florida Bay / Carl Hiaasen -- Saving our tails / June Wiaz -- A snail's race / Renée Ripple -- A call for restoration / Paul N. Gray -- Prayer for the Everglades / Lola Haskins.
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QH105.F6 B66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With all the spice of southern storytelling, The Book of the Everglades brings to light the often outlandish results of humankind's attempts to control and redesign nature. Journalists, essayists, poets, and educators tell how the natural plumbing of the Everglades has been rerouted not only by the Army Corps of Engineers but by sugar planters, politicians, and growth. Contributing writers include Carl Hiassen, Al Burt, Archie Carr, and Julie Hauserman.

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Diked and ditched, the water of the Everglades is so siphoned off for agribusiness and the megalopolis of southeast Florida that the natural "river of grass" is in perpetual distress. A multibillion-dollar restoration program intends to undo some of the water "management" constructions, such as the bizarre channelization of the Kissimmee River, but most of the ramparts that confine this unique ecosystem are likely to be permanent. Contributors to this anthology include well-known author Carl Hiaasen as well as other (mostly Florida) writers and naturalists. Under the headings of five biogeographical provinces that compose the Everglades, such as the cypress groves of the western Everglades or the mangroves of Florida Bay, the writers express a spectrum of concerns. Several essayists recount their visits to developments that have degraded the Everglades, such as the sugar refinery (subsidized by taxes) that abuts Lake Okeechobee. Taken together, the environmental descriptions, human-interest stories, and south Florida atmospherics create a lively volume with something memorable for readers partial to saw-grass green. --Gilbert Taylor

Table of Contents

Al BurtSusan Cerulean and Jono MillerArchie CarrBetty Mae JumperJulie HausermanGary Paul NabhanPaul RobertsJuanita GreeneCarl HiaasenBetty Mae JumperJeff KlinkenbergJan GodownDon StapMichele HattonSharon RauchCharles FergusSusan OrleanJono MillerSusan Diane JewellCarl HiaasenJune WiazRenee RipplePaul N. GrayLola Haskins
Forewordp. xi
The Everglades: An Ecology in Five Partsp. 3
Part 1 The Kissimmee River Valley, Lake Okeechobee, and the Everglades Agricultural Area
The River and the Plainp. 13
Two Huntersp. 18
Welcome to Dike Okeechobeep. 22
Lost Gourds and Spent Soils on the Shores of Okeechobeep. 32
The Sweet Hereafter: Our Craving for Sugar Starves the Everglades and Fattens Politiciansp. 55
Losing Ground: Soil Subsidence in the Evergladesp. 76
Part 2 River of Grass
Everglades National Park Fiftieth Anniversary: Homage to A Magical Placep. 87
The Corn Ladyp. 92
A Culture Endangeredp. 97
This Path Don't Lead to Miami: Everglades Treks of the 1800sp. 107
The Stork and the Sparrowp. 121
Part 3 Atlantic Coastal Ridge
Straws in A Swimming Poolp. 131
Putting Down Roots: Exotics in the Evergladesp. 143
Part 4 The Western Glades
Path of the Pantherp. 155
A Green Hellp. 171
Part 5 The Ten Thousand Islands and Florida Bay
The Lightning Bug and the Mothp. 179
The Most Valuable Birdp. 196
The Last Days of Florida Bayp. 208
Saving Our Tailsp. 220
A Snail's Racep. 231
A Call for Restorationp. 238
Prayer for the Evergladesp. 246
Everglades Organizations and Resourcesp. 248
Acknowledgmentsp. 252
Contributor Acknowledgmentsp. 255