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Main Title The Gulf : the making of an American sea /
Author Davis, Jack E.,
Publisher Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company,
Year Published 2017
OCLC Number 951070916
ISBN 9780871408662; 087140866X; 9781631494024; 1631494023
Subjects Mexico, Gulf of--History ; Mexico, Gulf of--Environmental conditions ; Human ecology--Mexico, Gulf of ; Environmental degradation--Mexico, Gulf of ; Nature--Effect of human beings on--Mexico, Gulf of ; Nature--Ecosystems and Habitats--Coastal Regions and Shorelines ; HISTORY--United States--State & Local--South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV) ; NATURE--Ecosystems & Habitats--Coastal Regions & Shorelines ; Gulf of Mexico ; èOkosystem ; Umweltschaden ; Golf von Mexiko--Region
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ELBM  F296.D38 2017 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 08/20/2019
Edition First edition.
Collation x, 592 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
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 hourglass -- Losing the edge -- Epilogue : a success story amid so much else. Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting 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 esurient 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. --