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Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological…

Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion

by Alan Burdick

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Really, really boring. ( )
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
I really liked the premise of the book ... that plants and animals, moved into new ecological surroundings, can have profound impacts on their new homes. It was also interesting to realize that it's hard to define a "native" species of plant or animal; many of the things we would today consider native are truly transplants from another place in another time.

I found the book hard to get through at times, though, and felt that it dragged. ( )
  brewergirl | Jul 19, 2007 |
A fascinating tale of brown tree snakes, zebra mussels, alien shrubs and Hawaiian birds. It does leave one with the thought that eventually, plant and animal life will become homogenous across the continents, and local flora and fauna will either be squeezed out or learn to migrate. Still, there's a ray of optimism shining through this book as seen through the eyes of the scientists who battle alien invaders to their local ecosystems. As an added bonus, who knew scientists could be so cool? ( )
  Meggo | Oct 1, 2006 |
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Now as never before, exotic animals and plants are crossing the globe, borne on the swelling tide of human traffic to places where nature never intended them to be. Bird-eating snakes hitchhike to Hawaii in the landing gear of airliners; pernicious European zebra mussels, riding in ships’ ballast water, disrupt aquatic ecosystems across the United States; feral camels and poisonous foreign toads plague Australia; giant Indonesian pythons lurk beneath homes in suburban Miami. As alien species jump from place to place and increasingly crowd native and endangered species out of existence, biologists speak fearfully of “the homogenization of the world.” Never mind bulldozers and pesticides: the fastestgrowing threat to biological diversity may be nature itself.
Out of Eden is a dazzling personal journey through this strange and shifting landscape. Alan Burdick tours the front lines of ecological invasion in the company of world-class scientists: in Hawaii, Tasmania, Guam, San Francisco; in lush rain forests, aboard an Alaska-bound oil tanker, inside a spacecraft-assembly facility at NASA. Wry and reflective, animated and provocative, Out of Eden is a search both for scientific answers and for ecological authenticity, from a writer of remarkable range and talent.
Out of Eden is a 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

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In this search for both scientific answers and ecological authenticity, the author tours the front lines of ecological invasion in the company of world-class scientists to explore the disparity between what is nature and what is natural.

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