Book ID: CBB051813451

Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History (2016)


Osborn, Nathaniel (Author)

University Press of Florida

Publication Date: 2016
Physical Details: 224
Language: English

Stretching along 156 miles of Florida’s East Coast, the Indian River Lagoon contains the St. Lucie estuary, the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon, and the Indian River. It is a delicate ecosystem of shifting barrier islands and varying salinity levels due to its many inlets that open and close onto the ocean. The long, ribbon-like lagoon spans both temperate and subtropical climates, resulting in the most biologically diverse estuarine system in the United States.    Nineteen canals and five man-made inlets have dramatically reshaped the region in the past two centuries, intensifying its natural instability and challenging its diversity. Indian River Lagoon traces the winding story of the waterway, showing how humans have altered the area to fit their needs and also how the lagoon has influenced the cultures along its shores. Now stuck in transition between a place of labor and a place of recreation, the lagoon has become a chief focus of public concern. This book provides a much-needed bigger picture as debates continue over how best to restore this natural resource.

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Review Chris Wilhelm (January 2018) Review of "Indian River Lagoon: An Environmental History". Environmental History (pp. 219-220). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Chiarappa, Michael J.
Melendy, Cynthia Watkins
Davis, Jack E.
Arsenault, Raymond
Kibel, Paul Stanton
Hightower, Victoria Penziner
Environmental History
Journal of Southern History
University Press of Florida
MIT Press
Bridget Williams
University of Oklahoma
Environmental history
Marine ecology
Marine biology
Oceans and seas
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
20th century
Florida (U.S.)
United States
Persia (Iran)
Arabian peninsula
Niagara falls
Everglades National Park
Congaree National Park (United States)
Marine Studios

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