Dig Through Our Books

Advanced Search
Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card


Bookmark and Share

Browse By Category

View Other Categories
The Galápagos: Exploring Darwin's Tapestry, Hess, John

Author Name    Hess, John

Title   The Galápagos: Exploring Darwin's Tapestry

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    University of Missouri

ISBN Number    0826218377 / 9780826218377

Seller ID   SKU9143029

0826218377 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Good. Light to moderate wear to covers/corners. Book is oversized and/or heavy, priority or international orders will require additional shipping funds. Hardcover with Dust Jacket, lightly dirty. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

Stock Description, May Not Reflect Item

Charles Darwin arrived at the Galapagos Islands some three centuries after their discovery. Thousands of seafarers had been there before him, but in these islands Darwin found something more enduring than fresh water and tortoise meat. He found nourishment for an idea--an idea so powerful that its implications revised the place of humans in the universe and enriched every facet of science. Darwin tested and refined his idea for decades before he was persuaded to go public in 1859 by publishing "The Origin of Species." Today this remote archipelago is the destination of vast numbers of visitors who hope to see what Darwin saw and to experience the aura of this extraordinary place. The Galapagos ecosystem, a tapestry of living things, is probably the best preserved of any in the world. Like all ecosystems, it is made of many components that are interwoven and interdependent; Darwin's idea explains how such tapestries are organized as well as how they are created. Now, in spectacular pictures and insightful prose, "The Galapagos: Exploring Darwin's Tapestry" opens the Galapagos experience to general readers. With an extensive background in ornithology and evolutionary ecology, a lifetime of experience as a naturalist and a photographer, and a deep respect for his subjects, John Hess has produced a celebration of these "Enchanted Islands." After describing the islands' origins and the complex of physical forces that make the Galapagos so remarkable, Hess turns his attention to the most prominent habitats on the islands and to the plants and animals found there. He then focuses on the animals most encountered by visitors, animals that Hess presents as Galapagos royalty: the flightless cormorant, the marine iguana, the Galapagos tortoise, and others. A photo essay for each of these species provides the reader with an intimate look at their physical and behavioral adaptations, and the accompanying text offers insight into their lives, showing that each of them is a unique and priceless evolutionary achievement. The photographs are amazingly intimate, offering close-up views that bring readers into virtual contact with the animals and illustrating their behavior and apparent quirks: an albatross that takes its egg for a stroll, a seabird that can't swim or land in the water, and a gull that has learned to fish for squid in the dark. For Hess, the Galapagos are more than a tourist attraction, more than a shrine to science--they are a place of breathless awe. His book invites readers to share his affection for the islands and his appreciation of the exquisite beauty of Darwin's tapestry.

Price = 25.00 USD

Related items brought to you by the miracles of modern technology:
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood), Harris, Charlaine
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
Harris, Charlaine
6.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Hot Time in Old Town (Mathew Swain, Bk. 1)
McQuay, Mike
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Chicken with Plums, Satrapi, Marjane
Chicken with Plums
Satrapi, Marjane
20.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Spirit of Mother Earth, Schmidt, J.; Thom, L.
Spirit of Mother Earth
Schmidt, J.; Thom, L.
12.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Martian (Mass Market MTI): A Novel
Weir, Andy
25.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Regression to Dependence: A Second Opportunity for Ego Integration and Developmental Progression, Sweden, Robert C. Van
Regression to Dependence: A Second Opportunity for Ego Integration and Developmental Progression
Sweden, Robert C. Van
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Willie: An Autobiography
Nelson, Willie; Shrake, Bud
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Sounds of the River: A Memoir
Chen, Da
13.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power, Ali, Tariq
The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power
Ali, Tariq
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Nightfall, Smith, L. J.
The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Nightfall
Smith, L. J.
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The King in the Tree: Three Novellas, Millhauser, Steven
The King in the Tree: Three Novellas
Millhauser, Steven
15.00 USD
Add to Book Bag


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to lastwordbooks@gmail.com
Copyright©2018. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com