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San Francisco Bay : portrait of an estuary
Hart, John, 1948-
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Berkeley : University of California Press, [2003]

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xii, 194 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 x 30 cm
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F868.S156 H365 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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With its shimmering vistas of fog, light, and cityscape, San Francisco Bay is famous worldwide--yet very little known. The bay, together with its inland delta, is one of the largest estuaries in the Americas. It is a crucial bird habitat, a vital fishery, a major shipping center, a source of precious water, a playground for its cities, a natural treasure in trouble, and a stirring challenge to our human stewardship.

John Hart's lyrical writing and David Sanger's eye-opening color photographs reveal this marvel hidden in plain sight--its varied past, its complicated present, and its promising future.

Hart and Sanger journey back through the bay's history, introducing its native cultures, describing its ecology, and tracing its urban and industrial development. They take us with them on a tanker bound upriver, to a duck hunter's blind at dawn, to a delta island when the migratory sandhill cranes come in, to the strange white fields where salt is harvested. And they tell the story of how the plucky local movement to save the bay began and evolved into a grand effort--maybe the grandest yet attempted--to repair a damaged organ of the living world.

The publisher gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of the Audubon Society, of The Bay Institute of San Francisco, and of the Director's Circle of the Associates of theUniversity of California Press in support of this publication.

Author Notes

John Hart is the author of several books, including Storm over Mono: The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future (California, 1996) and Farming on the Edge: Saving Family Farms in Marin County, California (California, 1992), both of which won the Commonwealth Club Silver Medal. He is also a prize-winning poet whose book The Climbers is part of the Pitt Poetry Series. David Sanger is a Bay Area-based photographer. His clients include the National Park Service, Sunset, Travel Holiday, and Nikon. Sanger was recognized as the 1998 Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers.

Table of Contents

Foreword: For the Restoration of San Francisco Bay
Inside the Golden Gate Alameda 328
The Military Bay
The First Saving of San Francisco Bay
The Bay as Estuary
The Pumps at Tracy
The Hollow Lands Second-Growth Wetlands
The Duck Blind Shanks Island
The Estuary and the Harbor
The Ferry Building
The Ammonia Tanker
The Herring Boat
The Salt Ponds
The Industrial Shore Hunters Point
The Pollution Patrol
The Water Trails
The View from Mount Livermore
Appendix A Twenty Places to Visit
Appendix B Selected Reading
Appendix C Some Organizations Involved in Bay Affairs