The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature

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The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature

by David George Haskell

Viking USA | March 20, 2012 | Hardcover

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A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest.

In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature''s path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.

Each of this book''s short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home.

Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Haskell is a perfect guide into the world that exists beneath our feet and beyond our backyards.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.65 × 6 × 1 in

Published: March 20, 2012

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067002337X

ISBN - 13: 9780670023370

Found in: Science and Nature

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The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature

by David George Haskell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.65 × 6 × 1 in

Published: March 20, 2012

Publisher: Viking USA

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067002337X

ISBN - 13: 9780670023370

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A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest.

In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature''s path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.

Each of this book''s short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home.

Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Haskell is a perfect guide into the world that exists beneath our feet and beyond our backyards.

About the Author

David Haskell is a professor of biology at the University of the South and was named the Carnegie-CASE professor of the year in Tennessee in 2009. In addition to his scholarly work, he has published essays and poetry. He lives with his wife in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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 "David Haskell trains his eye on a single square meter of the Cumberland Plateau, and manages in the process to see the whole living planet as clearly as any writer in many years. Each chapter will teach you something new!"
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