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The edge of Africa
Ward, Carlton, Jr.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hylas Pub. ; Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, Conservation and Research Center, SI/MAB Biodiversity Program ; New York : Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 2003.
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317 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm
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DT4.5 .W37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In a bilingual English-French volume published in association with the Smithsonian Institution, a US environmental photojournalist and Smithsonian scientists showcase Gabon's spectacular biodiversity. Forewords by the president of Gabon and US Secretary of State refer to the central African country'

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Gabon, on the west coast of Africa, has a relatively small human population and an almost intact tropical rain forest, which gives the area an extremely high level of biodiversity. In 1996 the Shell Oil Company entered into a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to assess the region's biodiversity and to help mitigate the effects of petroleum extraction. Photographer Ward spent six months based at the research complex and has produced an astonishing array of images. Using a variety of techniques--animals photographed against a black background; camera traps that allow animals to photograph themselves by breaking an infrared beam; and more traditional imaging--Ward has presented the reader with a marvelous series of photos of animals both well known (elephants, hippos) and rare (certain insects, shrews, lizards). An interesting series of photos shows the wildlife and forest surrounding an oil field, with a particularly arresting picture of a bongo antelope daintily stepping over a series of pipes. This beautiful book will fill a need for West African natural history and is highly recommended. --Nancy Bent Copyright 2004 Booklist