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Nature of the Rainforest: Costa Rica and Beyond (Zona Tropical Publications) Paperback – October 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0801474750 ISBN-10: 0801474752 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Zona Tropical Publications
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801474752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801474750
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What at first appears to be a new work by the distinguished naturalist Forsyth is actually an update of his 1990 Portraits of the Rainforest. The two pieces in Portraits that discussed in detail human activity in rain forests have been removed and replaced by three new reflective essays on the history, ecology, and future existence of certain rainforests. The new chapters have a much better fit here, as they express Forsyth's desire to give readers his sense of admiration and compassion for these relatively unknown ecosystems. While Forsyth's easy-to-read prose definitely helps to deliver his message, it is by far the photographs from the renowned Fogden that truly give readers reasons to appreciate these ecological treasures. Very few pictures from the original Portraits are included; instead, the photographers incorporate new sets of their spectacular and breathtaking images to create awareness and concern for these endangered rainforest ecosystems. Recommended for medium-sized to large public libraries and those with (introductory) natural history programs."—Library Journal

"Adrian Forsyth contributes with this book to the genuine literature of ecology, wherein exact knowledge is expressed through the prisms of disciplined emotion. Such writing requires a rare combination of scientific training and metaphorical skill, and Forsyth displays the instincts of a creative writer, taking us deep into the tropical rainforest. Nature of the Rainforest calls attention to the best of this planet and to the compelling reasons why we should look south, inland, to the forest of dreams."—from the Foreword by E. O. Wilson

"Nature of the Rainforest is an absolutely spectacular, essential addition to the library of any natural history buff, ecologist, or tropical forest conservationist. Its text reads like a Sand County Almanac for the tropics (something long needed and overdue) while the stunning photographs depict stories of how life works in this unique ecosystem. Adrian Forsyth loves the forest, understands the forest, and writes really well. The Fogdens' incredible photographs, which serve as biological portraits of ecology, left me breathless."—Meg Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops

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"Adrian Forsyth contributes with this book to the genuine literature of ecology, wherein exact knowledge is expressed through the prisms of disciplined emotion. Such writing requires a rare combination of scientific training and metaphorical skill, and Forsyth displays the instincts of a creative writer, taking us deep into the tropical rainforest. Nature of the Rainforest calls attention to the best of this planet and to the compelling reasons why we should look south, inland, to the forest of dreams."--from the Foreword by E. O. Wilson

"Nature of the Rainforest is an absolutely spectacular, essential addition to the library of any natural history buff, ecologist, or tropical forest conservationist. Its text reads like a Sand County Almanac for the tropics (something long needed and overdue) while the stunning photographs depict stories of how life works in this unique ecosystem. Adrian Forsyth loves the forest, understands the forest, and writes really well. The Fogdens' incredible photographs, which serve as biological portraits of ecology, left me breathless."--Meg Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andriy Palamarchuk on June 7, 2009
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The book contains a lot of excellent pictures. Each chapter explores different topic. My favorite chapters:

"Frogs." Describes a great diversity of rain forest frogs and their strategies for surviving.
"The essence of snake." Why the snakes are the way they are.
"Fruit of reason." Purpose, variety and importance of tropical fruits.
"The hidden." Camouflage of tropical animals. The chapter contains probably the most impressive photographs of the whole book. It is unbelievable how evolution molded animals in their environment.
"The virtues of sloth." Who has not heard about a sloth? It turns out I knew very little about this animal.
"Beetlejuice." Chemical defenses used by tropical animals. The most innocently-looking animals can be armed to teeth (even if they have don't have any :-) ).

Through the whole book one feels the author's pain for rain forest destruction, disappearance of tropical species, many of which are not even discovered yet. The book made me want to visit tropical forests of Costa Rica.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike J. Neenan on October 14, 2009
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I have been to Costa Rica twice in the last couple years to see the rain forest and have found this book to be an invaluable resource. The author has written detailed chapters that really give wonderful details ...easy to read and enough info to learn quite a lot, no matter how much you think you already know. And the pictures on glossy paper are just a treat to see ... When you first see the book, you'll likely just flip through the pages and wonder at the majesty of rain forest life ...This is highly recommended for anybody going to Costa Rica!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 14, 2009
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I purchased this book as a gift for a friend who had recently been to Costa Rica on an 'eco-tourism' trip. The feedback ( from my friend) about the book was absolutely glowing! She raved about it! If you're looking for a good gift for someone who has been to Costa Rica, give this book serious consideration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martine E. on March 22, 2009
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I did not expect this book this book to be great and it isn't. It is Wonderful. Beyond my expectations. It is a beautifully made photo book on high gloss paper with detailed writing about the rainforest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Winter on April 27, 2011
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This book is extremely well written and the photographs are outstanding as well. It is the quality of the writing and the quality of the information provided that sets this book apart. It gets into the ecology of the rainforest and the interrelationships of the plants and animals and the impact of human activities in a way I have found in no other book of its kind.

Very accessible for anyone as the writer clearly wants to inform rather than impress the reader. I can only hope for more books from these people that cover additional species. It covers areas of Costa Rica and Peru but the information is applicable to other rainforest environments in Central and South America.

I purchased and read the book after returning from my first trip to Costa Rica and only wish I had done so before the trip so I might have been a more perceptive traveler. If you have an interest in the wildlife of Costa Rica this is a must have book.
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