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The Gulf : the making of an American sea / Jack E. Davis.

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  • 5 of 6 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 909.0963 DAVIS (Text) 34304000897676 Adult - Nonfiction Available -
Jay Co PL - Portland 909.0963 D262 (Text) 76383000459582 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library 909.0963 DAV (Text) 78551000537389 Non-Fiction Available -
Newburgh Chandler PL - Bell Road Library 909.096 DAVIS (Text) 39206021517451 New Materials Checked out 12/05/2018
South Whitley Comm. PL - South Whitley 909.0963 DAVIS JACK (Text) 30402004633824 2ND LOOK - NONFICTION Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial 909.096 DAVIS (Text) 33946003335119 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 1631494023
  • ISBN: 9781631494024
  • Physical Description: x, 592 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
  • Edition: [Paperback edition].
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2018.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Prologue: History, nature, and a forgotten sea -- Introduction: Birth -- Part One. Estuaries, and the lie of the land and sea : aborigines and colonizing Europeans. Mounds ; El Golfo de México ; Unnecessary death ; A most important river, and a "magnificent" bay -- Part Two. Sea and sky : American debuts in the nineteenth century. Manifest Destiny ; A fishy sea ; The wild fish that tamed the coast ; Birds of a feather, shot together -- Part Three. Preludes to the future. From bayside to beachside ; Oil and the Texas toe dip ; Oil and the Louisiana plunge ; Islands, shifting sands of time ; Wind and water -- Part Four. Saturation and loss : post-1945. The growth coast ; Florida worry, Texas slurry ; Rivers of stuff ; Runoff, and runaway ; Sand in the houglass ; Losing the edge -- Epilogue: A success story amid so much else.
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Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporitng human life for millennia. Based on the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, Davis takes readers on a compelling and, at times, wrenching journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, both beautiful and life-giving, though fated to exploitation by esuriant oil men and real-estate developers. Davis shares previously untold stories, parading a vast array of historical characters past our view: sports-fishermen, presidents, Hollywood executives, New England fishers, the Tabasco king, a Texas shrimper, and a New York architect who caught the "big one". Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying the assaults of recent centuries, this book suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region's history can inform the country's path ahead. --adapted from book jacket.
Subject: Human ecology > Mexico, Gulf of.
Environmental degradation > Mexico, Gulf of.
Nature > Effect of human beings on > Mexico, Gulf of.
Mexico, Gulf of > History.
Mexico, Gulf of > Environmental conditions.

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