The Jade Coast; The Ecology of the North Pacific Ocean

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2003-03-25
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books

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The verdant coastline from northern California to southeast Alaska bursts into a rich hue of jade green when the sun emerges from behind a canopy of cloud. This is the Jade Coast'ā€¯brooding in winter, sparkling in summer and always abounding with life. The coastal waters of the Jade Coast support over 400 species of fish, 161 species of marine birds, 29 marine mammals and over 6,500 species of invertebrates. Aside from the number of species, the sheer abundance of some of these animals is staggering. The rivers support some of the largest salmon runs in the world and its estuaries and bays support millions of birds whose migrations span the western hemisphere. In the offshore pelagic waters,whales from Mexico and Hawaii feed below the ocean surface. Among the myriad of islands, fjords, and channels that comprise the Jade Coast are quiet coves within earshot of raging tidal passages, and near-Mediterranean climates within sight of rainforests and mountain top glaciers. The topsy-turvy landscape and convoluted coastline are a mosaic of habitats with associated life forms that make the evergreen shores of the North Pacific a Shangri La for the naturalist. The Jade Coast is the story of the ecology of the North Pacific Ocean.The book begins with a primer on some basic concepts in ecology and then launches into a journey far out to sea in the realm of the westerly wind. Readers will scramble along rocky shores, pick away among boulder-strewn beaches, wade in eelgrass meadows, and slop through mudflat ooze. Along the way, they will be introduced to some current, classical and contentious ideas in ecology and conservation of the sea and shore. More than 40stunning photographs complement The Jade Coast and bring to life the book's important messages. (March 2003)

Author Biography

Rob Butler, PhD has been a park naturalist, a wildlife biologist, a senior government wildlife scientist and an Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Canada. He writes for the Smithsonian, New Scientist and Equinox.

Table of Contents

Land and Water
Coastal Ecology
West to the Westerly Wind: The Open Ocean
Rocky Shores
Gravel and Sand
Eelgrass Meadows and Salt Marsh
Epilogue 151(1)
Glossary 152(3)
Endnotes 155(15)
Acknowledgments 170(1)
Appendix 171(2)
Index 173

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