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The Sixth Extinction

Journeys Among The Lost And Left Behind

By Terry Glavin, 1955-

The Sixth Extinction is a haunting account of the age in which we live. Ecologists are calling it the Sixth Great Extinction, and the world isn't losing just its ecological legacy; also vanishing is a vast human legacy of languages and our ways of living, seeing, and knowing.
Terry Glavin confirms that we are in the midst of a nearly unprecedented, catastrophic vanishing of animals, plants, and human cultures. He argues that the language of environmentalism is inadequate in describing the unraveling of the vast system in which all these extinctions are actually related. And he writes that we're no longer gaining knowledge with every generation. We're losing it. 
In the face of what he describes as a dark and gathering sameness upon the Earth, Glavin embarks on a global journey to meet the very things we're losing (a distinct species every ten minutes, a unique vegetable variety every six hours, an entire language every two weeks) and on the way encounters some of the world's wonderful, rare things: a human-sized salmon in Russia; a mysterious Sino-Tibetan song-language; a Malayan tiger, the last of its kind; and a strange tomato that tastes just like black cherry ice cream. And he finds hope in the most unlikely places---a macaw roost in Costa Rica; a small village in Ireland; a relic community of Norse whalers in the North Atlantic; the vault beneath the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew; and the throne room of the Angh of Longwa in the eastern Himalayas.
A fresh narrative take on the usual doom and gloom environmentalism, The Sixth Extinction draws upon zoology, biology, ecology, anthropology, and mythology to share the joys hidden within the long human struggle to conserve the world's living things. Here, we find hope in what's left: the absolute and stunning beauty in the Earth's last cultures and creatures.




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Format: Book
Author: Glavin, Terry, 1955-
Title: The sixth extinction : journeys among the lost and left behind / Terry Glavin.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Subject: Endangered species Extinction (Biology) Nature -- Effect of human beings on Biodiversity conservation
Isbn: 9780312362317 0312362315
Current Holds: 0
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System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 333.9522 Gla
Oclc: 78071799
Bib Id: 264838

Format: Book
Author: Glavin, Terry, 1955-
Title: The sixth extinction : journeys among the lost and left behind / Terry Glavin.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Description: xii, 318 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Endangered species
Subjects: Extinction (Biology)
Subjects: Nature -- Effect of human beings on
Subjects: Biodiversity conservation
Other Title: Waiting for the macaws
Notes: Originally published as: Waiting for the macaws : and other stories from the age of extinctions / Terry Glavin. Toronto : Viking Canada, 2006.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-306) and index.
LCCN: 2007001068
ISBN: 9780312362317
ISBN: 0312362315
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 333.9522 Gla