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Main Title The sixth extinction : journeys among the lost and left behind /
Author Glavin, Terry,
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,
Year Published 2006
OCLC Number 133642606
ISBN 0312362315; 9780312362317
Subjects Endangered species. ; Extinction (Biology) ; Nature--Effect of human beings on. ; Biodiversity conservation.
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EOAM  QH75.G58 2006 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 05/23/2016
Collation xii, 318 pages ; 25 cm
"First published in Canada under the title Waiting for the macaws : and other stories from the age of extinctions by Viking Canada." Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-306) and index.
Contents Notes
Terry Glavin confirms that we are in the midst of a nearly unprecedented, catastrophic vanishing of animals, plants, and human cultures. He argues that the language of environmentalism is inadequate in describing the unraveling of the vast system in which all these extinctions are actually related. And he writes that we're no longer gaining knowledge with every generation. We're losing it." "In the face of what he describes as a dark and gathering sameness upon the Earth, Glavin embarks on a global journey to meet the very things we're losing (a distinct species every ten minutes, a unique vegetable variety every six hours, an entire language every two weeks) and on the way encounters some of the world's most wonderful, rare things: a human-sized salmon in Russia; a mysterious Sino-Tibetan song-language; a Malayan tiger, the last of its kind; and a strange tomato that tastes just like black cherry ice cream. And he finds hope in the most unlikely places - a macaw roost in Costa Rica; a small village in Ireland; a relic community of Norse whalers in the North Atlantic; the vault beneath the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew; and the throne room of the Angh of Longwa in the eastern Himalayas.