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Hungry Hollow: The Story of a Natural Place 1998th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387984155
ISBN-10: 0387984151
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"...220 pages explaining biological phenomena add up to a literary image of the magic of life." New Scientist

From the Back Cover

Dewdney takes us on a guided journey through Hungry Hollow's many dimensions of time and space - a multifaceted prism through which its present and prehistory, and its worlds large and small, are all refracted. We meet many plants, animals, fungi, and other life forms, guided sometimes by the raccoon called Lotor, sometimes by the biologist Dianne, who is just coming to terms with the real world of biological diversity. We encounter a Hackberry tree whose branches reproduce the taxonomic tree of life; learn how it would look and feel to shrink by stages to the size of an amoeba; watch a toad win the survival lottery; and see the world of Hungry Hollow from the viewpoint of plants, earthworms, rotifers, and even stones. We also learn about the geological forces that molded North America, the kingdoms of life, surface tension, genetics, the strange sex lives of diatoms and bacteria, and how everything is eventually recycled into the molecular building blocks of nature.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Copernicus; 1998 edition (August 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387984151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387984155
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,269,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joel Bass on July 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read this wonderful book about a year ago, and I've thought back on it regularly since then. It's as beautiful and sad as it is educational. Even those of us who love nature often have trouble letting go of our human perspective on everything we see. This book helps to bring other perspectives into view: what might your world look like (and feel like) if you were a raccoon? A tree? A blade of grass? A microorganism? As you read, each living thing begins to seem more real, more substantial, and you realize that there is a universe of life even in a small plot of land. "Hungry Hollow" is also a rare combination of science fact and fictional narrative, so that the things you learn stick with you at an emotional level. The book deepened my understanding of the world, and I'm grateful.
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