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RiverTime: Ecotravel on the World's Rivers Hardcover – March 20, 2008
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Visually, audibly, even olfactorily, rivers are magnets for the senses and for the soul. In this profound and pensive collection of essays, Hood shares her trenchant observations on the often perilous state and frequently denigrated status of the world’s greatest, as well as its more obscure, rivers. From the venerable Ganges and Yangtze to the imposing Nile and Amazon, from the iconic Mississippi and Danube to the secluded Alligator and Tensaw, Hood journeyed to rivers whose history, ecology, and geography offer critical lessons on the resilience of the natural world and the tenuous fragility wrought by humanity’s influence. Part travelogue, part environmental encomium, Hood’s comprehensive commentary tackles themes as diverse as the effects of human tourism, the trend toward corporate domination, the tragedy of species eradication, and the consequences of horticultural invasion. A biologist and poet, Hood brings both a painstakingly informed and elegiac perspective to the myriad impediments confronting the environmental future of our planet’s most essential and endangered natural resources. --Carol Haggas
this earnest eco-travelogue is plush with tidbits about these waterways natural history. ForeWord Magazine
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Part ecotravel journal, part natural history, part plea for the assaulted rivers, RiverTime carries us around the world. There is beauty here, and fascination, and a desperate sense of last chances. Kathleen Dean Moore, author of The Pine Island Paradox and coeditor of Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge
If you want to fall in love with a river, read this book. Tom Skerritt, American Rivers
The author s range of knowledge, her thorough research, and her ability to address the importance of rivers to human and nonhuman life is impressive. She is an environmentalist, a scientist, and a scholar who attends to detail while also writing a fascinating and engaging personal account. Sue Walker, coauthor of In the Realm of Rivers: Alabama s Mobile-Tensaw Delta"
..".this earnest eco-travelogue ... is ... plush with tidbits about these waterways' natural history." -- ForeWord Magazine
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Mary Hood teaches you, but in such a soft and delightful way, that one almost doesn't recognize the teaching going on. It is a joy, pure and simple, to read this book and travel with her