Fens, bogs, swamps and marine estuaries are the earth's most desirable and dependable resources, but are being systemically destroyed in the pursuit of profit and are consequently releasing their stored carbon. Wide-ranging and idiosyncratic, this explanation of wetlands takes readers to the fens of sixteenth-century England, Canada's Hudson Bay Lowlands, Russia's Great Vasyugan Mire and America's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge as well as introducing the nineteenth-century explorers who launched the ravaging of the Amazon rainforest.
Pulitzer prize winner Annie Proulx was born in the 1930s, a time, as she says, when 'in the ever-continuing name of progress, Western countries busily raped their own and other countries of minerals, timber, fish and wildlife.' Fen, Bog & Swamp is both a revelatory history and an urgent plea for wetland reclamation from a writer whose passionate devotion to observing and preserving the environment is on glorious display.
Hardback, 176 pages.
Measures 14.4 x 22.3 cm.