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Alexander von Humboldt

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1 Feb 2007 Penguin Great Journeys

A great, innovative and restless thinker, the young Humboldt (1769-1859) went on his epochal journey to the New World during a time of revolutionary ferment across Europe. This part of his matchless narrative of adventure and scientific research focuses on his time in Venezuela - in the Llanos and on the Orinoco River - riding and paddling, restlessly and happily noting the extraordinary things on every hand.

Great Journeys allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries – but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things: Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science. Reading these books is to see the world afresh, to rediscover a time when many cultures were quite strange to each other, where legends and stories were treated as facts and in which so much was still to be discovered.

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Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a Prussian naturalist and explorer. Between 1799 and 1804, von Humboldt travelled South and Central America, exploring and describing it from a scientific point of view for the first time.

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Crossing from Cumaná to La Guaira by sea our plan was to stay in Caracas until the end of the rainy season; from there we would go to the great plains, the llanos, and the Orinoco missions; then we would travel upstream on the great river from south of the cataracts to the Rio Negro and the Brazilian frontier, and return to Cumaná through the capital of Spanish Guiana, called Angostura [now Ciudad Bolívar] or Straits. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first inspired Deep Ecology travelog 13 Aug 2009
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This condensed version of 4 years of bush-whaking thru jungles of South & central America by first Euro scientist to observe it. Bv Humboldt was the Euro genius discoverer & author of many books of his travels 1799-1804 of wild native Ecology that Darwin ripped off for his 'Evolution' theory, while Humboldt promoted natural science in Euro for decades while righting his observations of new raw nature patterns that became natural ECOLOGY after "The healthy Hunza" & "Organic Farming & gardening" by Rodale; & 'Earth in Upheaval' 1950s by Velikovsky; & Sea Around Us & Silent Spring - Carson. I'm still grateful they pioneered our Nature recording their inspired awareness we need more now than ever in this toxic world bioregions.
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