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ISBN: 1555911390
Author: Scott Weidensaul
Language: English
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (August 1, 2000)
Pages: 288
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.4
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Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians. The Raptor Almanac: A Comprehensive Guide to Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, and Vultures (National Outdoor Book Award, Honorable Mention, Nature Guidebook, 2001).

Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians. Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds. The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America. Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean.

The strength of this book lies in the wonders Weidensaul finds in this familiar wilderness-in the lives of. .

The strength of this book lies in the wonders Weidensaul finds in this familiar wilderness-in the lives of darters and mussels and the mystery of the forest bison. For all libraries in or near the region and an excellent choice for comprehensive natural history collections elsewhere. Beth Clewis, Prince William . Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than 20 books on nature and wildlife, including Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians, Max Bonker and the Howling Thieves, and two books in the popular Seasonal Guide to the Natural Year series, and A Kid's First Book of Bird-Watching.

Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians

Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians. Part natural history, part poetry, Mountains of the Heart is full of hidden gems and less traveled parts of the Appalachian Mountains Stretching almost unbroken from Alabama to Belle Isle, Newfoundland, the Appalachians are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Mountains of the Heart book. Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and more than 500 years of human history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscapes.

Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and more .

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In Mountains of the Heart, renowned author and avid naturalist Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology .

In Mountains of the Heart, renowned author and avid naturalist Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and 500 million years of history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscapes into an ecosystem of unmatched beauty. Part natural history, part poetry, Mountains of the Heart is full of hidden gems and less traveled parts of the Appalachian Mountains

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Part natural history, part poetry, Mountains of the Heart is full of hidden gems and less traveled parts of the Appalachian Mountains Stretching almost unbroken from Alabama to Belle Isle, Newfoundland, the Appalachians are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. In Mountains of the Heart, renowned author and avid naturalist Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and 500 million years of history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscapes into an ecosystem of unmatched beauty. Scott Weidensaul is a founding member of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, Pennsylvania

Scott Weidensaul shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution, and more than 500 years of human history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscapes.

Comments:

Malara
This book is exceptional in its scope, wisdom and passion. If you enjoy Bill Bryson and John Mcphee this book is a must.
Last month I had the pleasure of hearing the author lecture a group of four hundred landscape designers and experienced gardeners organized by the famous Longwood Gardens. His knowledge and love for the Appalachian ecosystem was breathtaking. Much of this spirit is captured in the book.
I especially recommend it for scientifically precocious high school students (whose capacity for information should never be underestimated) and we adults who spend our lifetime still learning.
Macill
Weidensaul is probably better known for his 1999 book, Living on the Wind, about bird migration. However, Mountains of the Heart, is a detailed work that provides a comprehensive survey of the Appalachian Mountains. Even though there have been natural history books about the Appalachian chain written since 1994 and two big experiments (failed reintroduction of red wolves and reintroduction of elk in NC mountains) occurred after the book was published, Weidensaul provides the widest range of information from the geologic origins to the conservation concerns of the mid-90's. Weidensaul writes:

"The southern Appalachians are a particulary nasty dent, and the culprit was the bulge of Africa, which rear-ended North America about 290 million years ago. The impact shoved much of the continental rim inland, piling it up on top of younger rock, which--at Linville Falls and elsewhere--is sometimes exposed by erosion." (p.10)

It is obvious that Weidensaul has done a tremendous amount of research for this book. Some interesting topics that Weidensaul discusses include:

1. 34 species of salamanders in Southern Appalachians- p.40, 55
2. Diversity of the Appalachian cove forests, the most diverse temperate ecosystem outside of China- p.53
3. Relationship between squirrels and acorns- p.58
4. Use of brook trout populations to monitor acid rain damage to creeks- p.73
5. Mass calling of chorus frogs and spring peepers- p. 79
6. Disappearance of the American chesnut, Fraser fir, and hemolock

Anyone with an interest in either the natural history of the Appalachian mountains or a general interest in ecology will find this book fascinating.
Quemal
Scott Weidensaul wrote a fantastic book. He is probably one of the most "technically strong" nature writers we have seen in a long time, which is not surprising considering he is a certified bird bander and all. This book has a wealth of information, which is just what I was looking for in a book about the Appalachians.

Initially I thought he would organize the book in a south to north route, as a casual glance indicated that he started from the southern tip of the mountain chain and ended up at the northern terminus. But in fact he organizes the chapters by topic (rocks, migrating birds, water and aquatic life, etc.), although he does not rigidly confine the topics strictly within their chapters, some themes such as the behavior, migration and in some sad cases the extinction of bird species emerge again and again. I think this is a fine way of organizing such a book: it gives the author the freedom to cover the geology, ecology, human history and many other aspects of one of the greatest mountain systems in the world.

This book also contains pearls of information scattered throughout, such as the many hidden spots of inner gorges and valleys, the scarcely visited and written about northern end of the Appalachians, the bird watching stations, the last stands of American chestnuts, etc. For a person like me who also likes to hike in the great mountains, this will be a indispensable guide indeed.

This is the first book by Scott Weidensaul that I have read and I am pleasantly surprised and richly rewarded; it has converted me to a fan of his writing and I am sure I will read many more of his books in years to come.
Oparae
This book rocks. Weidensaul is a scientist writing about the Appalachian Range. He has written a number of other nature books and is a licensed bird bander. I expected this book to be dry as so many books written by scientists are. It seems they go out of their way to suck any vitality out of the text. Weidensaul, however, as the title implies, brings a love and vitality to the text that is phenomenal. He loves the mountains, and it shows. The book is written more like a story than a scientific text, so you can relate to it. Combining learning and fun--what a novel idea!

He and I, of course, bring different perspectives to the text. He is coming from an evolutionary perspective, and I from the bibilical/creation perspective. He lives in Pennsylvania, so he probably mispronounces the word as "Appa-lay-shun" rather than the correct way, "Appa-latch-un", but I can forgive him for this :). Other than these, there is no problem.

Weidensaul treats the Appalachians holistically, which is refreshing. He addresses natural history, animals, plants, geology, climatology, etc., tying them all together into one living entity--this is how an area, large or small, should be treated. He does deal with current issues such as global warming, but this is not the focus of the book. What I love most about it is that he is clearly having fun. Whether he is tagging raptors, carefully lifting logs seeking salamanders, or floating the rivers examining aquatic ecosystems, he is having a smashing good time, and that sort of passion transfers to the book. He makes you love what he loves.

The icing on the cake is the artwork. The cover art is fantastic, incorporating what I consider to be the two primary calling cards of the Appalachians: running water and autumnal colour. The interior art is nicely chosen. Some is technical, but most just beautiful. As with the text, Weidensaul has managed to bring an element of personality to the artwork, which makes it stand out of the crowd.

There you have it. If you are interested in a book with accurate and impressive scientific chops, or you're seeking a nature-based philosophical jaunt a la Thoreau (but more active), or travelogue highlighted with tons of anecdotal and factual tidbits, or some mixture of them all, this is a book for you. I urge anyone who is interested in any aspect of the Appalachian Mountains--and everyone should be--to read this book.

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