Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua'i: A Scientist's by David A. Burney

By David A. Burney

for 2 a long time, paleoecologist David Burney and his spouse, Lida Pigott Burney, have led an excavation of Makauwahi Cave at the island of Kaua‘i, uncovering the attention-grabbing number of vegetation and animals that experience inhabited Hawaii all through its background. From the original viewpoint of paleoecology—the examine of historical environments—Burney has targeted his investigations at the dramatic ecological alterations that all started after the coming of people 1000 years in the past, detailing not just the environmental degradation they brought but in addition asking how and why this destruction happened and, most importantly, what may well occur within the future.

Using Kaua‘i as an ecological prototype and drawing at the author’s adventures in Madagascar, Mauritius, and different interesting locales, Burney examines hugely pertinent theories approximately present threats to endangered species, recovery of ecosystems, and the way humans can interact to fix environmental harm somewhere else in the world. fascinating illustrations, together with a reconstruction of the traditional ecological panorama of Kaua‘i through the artist Julian Hume, provide an attractive window into the ecological marvels of over again. a desirable experience tale of 1 man’s lifestyles in paleoecology, again to the longer term within the Caves of Kaua‘i finds the excitement—and occasional frustrations—of a profession spent exploring what the earlier can let us know concerning the future.

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