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The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History (Mcgill-Queen's Rural, Wildland, and Resouces Studies) (McGill-Queen's Rural, Wildland, and Resource Studies) Hardcover – 25 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press (25 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773541772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773541771
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 17.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,129,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fascinating and convincing picture of the extent to which the Great Lakes and their environments are linked to world events, often to their detriment." Literary Review of Canada "This important book comes at a crucial time for our culture and beyond that, for our planet. The vivid story-telling paints a picture of our history and geography that is fresh and often surprising. This is a compelling and complex message of what we hav "John Riley has written the book I once thought I might write ... His knowledge, practical experience, and determination make this a singular work that combines historical scholarship, scientific understanding, and subtle, low-key advocacy." Ramsay Cook,

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“A fascinating and convincing picture of the extent to which the Great Lakes and their environments are linked to world events, often to their detriment.” Literary Review of Canada


“This important book comes at a crucial time for our culture and beyond that, for our planet. The vivid story-telling paints a picture of our history and geography that is fresh and often surprising. This is a compelling and complex message of what we hav


"John Riley has written the book I once thought I might write ... His knowledge, practical experience, and determination make this a singular work that combines historical scholarship, scientific understanding, and subtle, low-key advocacy." Ramsay Cook,
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is a beautifully-written book that provides a unique study of the inter-twined ecological and cultural histories of the Great Lakes region since the final advance and retreat of the last Ice Age (approximately 12,000 to 15,000 years ago). The author begins his narrative, by placing his own homestead within a rural township in Ontario. He provides a concise descriptive 'time capsule' of the settlers who have lived on his property since it was first released by the Crown for private ownership back in the 1800s. Then, he widens the reader's view to a nearby cave where an investigation by a small team of professional archeologists yields a collection of pre-contact artifacts, including the bones of an extinct species of pica. From here, John Riley inspires his readers with an even broader view of this geographical region, explaining the cultures of pre-contact native societies, followed by the first European settlers, right up to modern towns and cities. Throughout this written journey, the shifting post-glacial landscapes are juxtaposed with their impacts upon changes in biota, human societies, and vice-versa. I consider this book to be the first complete eco-historical account of the Great Lakes region, and the different species and societies who have inhabited it over the last 15,000 years. John Riley certainly takes the long view, and nothing escapes his astute biological and historical lenses. This book is a 'must read', particularly for people who inhabit this region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a unique book covering a wide range of ... 21 Sept. 2014
By Ron beck - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a unique book covering a wide range of subjects regarding the valuable environmental treasure that is the north

Slow reading but well worth it
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, well written and thoroughly researched book which should ... 14 Jan. 2015
By Mary Anne Young - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent, well written and thoroughly researched book which should be read by all environmental professionals in great lakes country (i.e. southern Ontario, northern New York, Ohio, and Michigan). The discussion of how this area was shaped by different cultures throughout the millennia is fascinating and sheds a new light on the commonly held idea of the "primeval wilderness" that European settlers faced when they first colonized this part of North America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Jan. 2016
By Anon - Published on Amazon.com
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Neat history of humans in the Great Lakes area. Well researched, with lots of discussion of pre-European human/environment interactions.
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