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Author Davis, Jack E., 1956- author.

Title The Gulf : the making of an American sea / Jack E. Davis.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Pacific Park Library Non-Fiction    909.0963 DAV    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    909.09636 DAV    On Holdshelf
 PAS La Pintoresca Branch Non-Fiction    909.09636 DAV    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description x, 592 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 533-564) and index.
Contents Prologue: History, nature, and a forgotten sea -- Introduction: Birth -- Part one: Estuaries, and the lie of the land and sea : aborigines and colonizing Europeans. Mounds ; El golfo de Mexico ; Unnecessary death ; A most important river, and a "magnificent" bay -- Part two: Sea and sky : American debuts in the nineteenth century. Manifest destiny ; A fishy sea ; The wild fish that tamed the coast ; Birds of a feather, shot together -- Part three: Preludes to the future. From bayside to beachside ; Oil and the Texas toe dip ; Oil and the Louisiana plunge ; Islands, shifting sands of time ; Wind and water -- Part four: Saturation and loss : post-1945. The growth coast ; Florida worry, Texas slurry ; Rivers of stuff ; Runoff, and runaway ; Sand in the hourglass ; Losing the edge -- Epilogue: A success story amid so much else.
Summary Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Based on the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, Davis takes readers on a compelling and, at times, wrenching journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, both beautiful and life-giving, though fated to exploitation by esurient oil men and real-estate developers. David shares previously untold stories, parading a vast array of historical characters past our view: sports-fishermen, presidents, Hollywood executives, New England fishers, the Tabasco king, a Texas shrimper, and a New York architect who caught the "big one". Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying the assaults of recent centuries, this book suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region's history can inform the country's path ahead.-- Adapted from book jacket.
Subject Mexico, Gulf of -- History.
Mexico, Gulf of -- Environmental conditions.
Human ecology -- Mexico, Gulf of.
Environmental degradation -- Mexico, Gulf of.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Mexico, Gulf of.
ISBN 9780871408662 (hardcover)
087140866X (hardcover)
9781631494024 (paperback)

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