Islands: Portraits of Miniature Worlds

Islands: Portraits of Miniature Worlds


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Once you have slept on an island, you'll never be quite the same," begins an old verse. Places of dreams and desires, islands have long held a primal sway over our hearts and imaginations.
Islands is a series of beautifully written and illustrated essays that explore some of the most fascinating of these isolated landscapes, particularly those whose stories address the delicate balance that exists between the land, the people, and other living beings. An environmentalist and geophysicist, Louise Young describes the unique history and personality of each island its birth and evolution, geological makeup, flora and fauna, and human inhabitants.
From the volcanic origins of Sri Lanka's spectacular jewel mines and the remarkable plant and animal life of Madagascar to the mysterious statues on Easter Island and the earth-splitting geology of Iceland, Islands takes readers on a breathtaking journey to some of the smallest yet most impressive places on the planet.
The stories behind these miniature worlds are as varied as their exotic landscapes some are tragic, others are hopeful, but they all reveal important messages about preserving ecological balance and the consequences of how we exploit or nurture the larger island of Earth itself.
Louise B. Young, an environmentalist and geophysical scientist, is the author of numerous books, including Earth's Aura (Knopf, 1977), The Unfinished Universe (Simon & Schuster, 1986), Sowing the Wind (Prentice Hall, 1990), and The Blue Planet(Little, Brown, 1983), which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award. She lives in Lake Forest, Illinois, and travels frequently to islands around the world.

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ISBN-13: 9780716739661
Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.80(d)

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Rubygarnet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of islands (I often say I'm 'from two islands', Jamaica and Manhattan) and adore this look at them as the singular, wonderful places they are -- including our planet, an island in the sea of space.