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Natural History of San Francisco Bay by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Kathleen M. Wong


Natural History of San Francisco Bay by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Kathleen M. Wong

This complete primer on San Francisco Bay is a multifaceted exploration of an extraordinary, and remarkably resilient, body of water. Bustling with oil tankers, laced with pollutants, and crowded with forty-six cities, the bay is still home to healthy eelgrass beds, young Dungeness crabs and sharks, and millions of waterbirds. Written in an entertaining style for a wide audience, Natural History of San Francisco Bay delves into an array of topics including fish and wildlife, ocean and climate cycles, endangered and invasive species, and the path from industrialization to environmental restoration. More than sixty scientists, activists, and resource managers share their views and describe their work - tracing mercury through the aquatic ecosystem, finding ways to convert salt ponds back to tidal wetlands, anticipating the repercussions of climate change, and more. Fully illustrated and packed with stories, quotes, and facts, the guide also tells how San Francisco Bay sparked an environmental movement that now reaches across the country.


A hugely informative primer on San Francisco Bay. -- Georgia Rowe San Jose Mercury News Absorbing all the information in this illuminating primer helped me appreciate the seething loveliness and churning forces that make up the place I call home. San Francisco Bay Guardian It is enlightening to read these stories in one compelling narrative, helped along by the authors
direct and readable journalistic approach.

-- Dan Rademacher Bay Nature The general reader living in or visiting the bay area would find this book of interest. It would also be a valuable resource to those studying or working in coastal, estuary, or river conservation and restoration... Highly recommended. -- A. L. Jacobsen Choice

About the Author

Ariel Rubissow Okamoto is the author of books and articles about San Francisco Bay, California water history, and national parks. Her articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Nature, and other publications. Kathleen M. Wong is the science writer for the UC Natural Reserve System. Her articles have appeared in Bay Nature, California Wild, and Nature, and elsewhere.

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Publication date

1st September 2011


Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Kathleen M. Wong

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University of California Press


352 pages


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