The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa

The Emerald Horizon The History of Nature in Iowa In The Emerald Horizon Cornelia Mutel combines lyrical writing with meticulous scientific research to portray the environmental past present and future of Iowa In doing so she ties all of Iowa s n

  • Title: The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa
  • Author: Cornelia F. Mutel
  • ISBN: 9781587296321
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Emerald Horizon, Cornelia Mutel combines lyrical writing with meticulous scientific research to portray the environmental past, present, and future of Iowa In doing so, she ties all of Iowa s natural features into one comprehensive whole.Since so much of the tallgrass state has been transformed into an agricultural landscape, Mutel focuses on understanding today sIn The Emerald Horizon, Cornelia Mutel combines lyrical writing with meticulous scientific research to portray the environmental past, present, and future of Iowa In doing so, she ties all of Iowa s natural features into one comprehensive whole.Since so much of the tallgrass state has been transformed into an agricultural landscape, Mutel focuses on understanding today s natural environment by understanding yesterday s changes After summarizing the geological, archaeological, and ecological features that shaped Iowa s modern landscape, she recreates the once wild native communities that existed prior to Euroamerican settlement Next she examines the dramatic changes that overtook native plant and animal communities as Iowa s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands were transformed Finally she presents realistic techniques for restoring native species and ecological processes as well as a broad variety of ways in which Iowans can reconnect with the natural world Throughout, in addition to the many illustrations commissioned for this book, she offers careful scientific exposition, a strong sense of respect for the land, and encouragement to protect the future by learning from the past.The emerald prairie that gleamed and shone to the horizon s edge, as botanist Thomas Macbride described it in 1895, has vanished Cornelia Mutel s passionate dedication to restoring this damaged landscape and by extension the transformed landscape of the entire Corn Belt invigorates her blend of natural history and human history Believing that citizens who are knowledgeable about native species, communities, and ecological processes will better care for them, she gives us hope and sound suggestions for the future.

    The Emerald Horizon The History of Nature in Iowa by The Emerald Horizon The History of Nature in Iowa Since so much of the tallgrass state has been transformed into an agricultural landscape, Mutel focuses on understanding today s natural environment by understanding yesterday s changes After summarizing the geological, archaeological, and ecological features that shaped Iowa s modern landscape, The Emerald Horizon University of Iowa Press The Emerald Horizon rolls back the clock to a time when Iowa was a checkerboard of wetlands that turned seamlessly to oceans of native grasses when fire, wind, and rivers determined whether prairies or woodlands rose from the rich soil Mutel shows Iowa as a dynamic, almost breathing life form, altered nearly beyond recognition in just a few decades. The Emerald Horizon The History of Nature in Iowa Bur Mar , The Emerald Horizon conveys a vivid, accurate, and thoughtfully constructed story of Iowa s natural history Not only has Mutel translated a complex history of natural and anthropogenic factors into an explanation of Iowa s former and current landscapes, she also presents a call for restorative action. The Emerald Horizon The History of Nature in Jan , The Emerald Horizon rolls back the clock to a time when Iowa was a checkerboard of wetlands that turned seamlessly to oceans of native grasses when fire, wind, and rivers determined whether prairies or woodlands rose from the rich soil Mutel shows Iowa as a dynamic, almost breathing life form, altered nearly beyond recognition in just a few decades. The Emerald Horizon The History of Nature in Iowa by Mar , The Emerald Horizon conveys a vivid, accurate, and thoughtfully constructed story of Iowa s natural history Not only has Mutel translated a complex history of natural and anthropogenic factors into an explanation of Iowa s former and current landscapes, she also presents a call for restorative action. Project MUSE The Emerald Horizon The Emerald Horizon The History of Nature in Iowa Setting the Stage A Miracle of Sight, Scent, and Sound The Great Transformation Prairies Today Oak Woodlands and Bottomland Forests Today Restoring Nature s Systems . The Emerald Horizon YouTube May , Provided to YouTube by CDBaby The Emerald Horizon Tara Rice Panorama Tara Rice Released on Auto generated by YouTube. Emerald Princess Horizon Court Photos Pictures Emerald Princess Horizon Court Photos Browse over expert photos and member pictures of the Emerald Princess cruise ship.

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    One Reply to “The Emerald Horizon: The History of Nature in Iowa”

    1. If someone had never heard of Iowa I would hand them this book. It covers a lot of natural history and how the geography and climate contributed to the formation of the land and flora and fauna. This in turn shaped the way the inhabitants lived and continues to do so today.

    2. I read this book shortly after moving to Iowa in order to gain some context for the landscape around me. I knew the broadbrush story already (natives pushed out, fires eradicated, wildlife overhunted, prairies plowed), but this provided a more nuanced understanding. I hadn't realized that many river channels had not fully developed since the last glaciation, and that much of the prairie was essentially a waterlogged sponge. I knew that the bison and wolves were gone, but I was less aware of the [...]

    3. I wish every Iowan would read this book. It contains great information and is easy to read. My only complaint is that the last chapter describes all the things that need to be done to restore some semblance of nature in Iowa, but doesn't tell how to accomplish these things. As I was reading, I was thinking, "No, duh. But how are we suppose to do that?" Anyway, a pretty straight forward account of the history of nature in Iowa - just like the title promises.

    4. An important account of the causes & consequences of the loss of Iowa's richly diverse tallgrass prairie & woodlands, as well as efforts to conserve & restore them, but as a reading experience, it's mostly like reading an extended encyclopedia article, with quite a bit of repetition between chapters.

    5. Okay, I didn't get through the entire book, but 85 pages of the history of this state was as far as I could get for now. I'll update again when I pick it up and learn the disastrous effects of industrial agupid corn syrup!

    6. Lots and Lots of information about how the Iowa landscape has changed. I loved this book but it was definitely a bit dense at times

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