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Natural History of San Francisco Bay

by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Kathleen M. Wong

Part of the California Natural History Guides Series

Natural History of San Francisco Bay Synopsis

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.

Natural History of San Francisco Bay Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520268265
Publication date: 21st October 2011
Author: Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Kathleen M. Wong
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages
Categories: Natural history,

About Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Kathleen M. Wong

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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