Portraits of Miniature WorldsBook - 1999
"Once you have slept on an island, you'll never be quite the same," begins an old verse. Places of dreams & desires, islands have long held a primal sway over our hearts & imaginations. Islands is a series of beautifully written & 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, & other living beings. An environmentalist & geophysicist, Louise Young describes the unique history & personality of each island-its birth & evolution, geological makeup, flora & fauna, & human inhabitants. From the volcanic origins of Sri Lanka's spectacular jewel mines & the remarkable plant & animal life of Madagascar to the mysterious statues on Easter Island & 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 & the consequences of how we exploit or nurture the larger island of Earth itself.
Publisher: New York : W.H. Freeman, 1999
Call Number: 551.42 Y85i
Characteristics: xi, 296 p. : ill. ; 22 cm