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Islands at the Edge of Time: A Journey to America's Barrier Islands

Hansen, Gunnar

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ISBN 10: 1559632518 / ISBN 13: 9781559632515
Editorial: Shearwater Books, Covelo, California, U.S.A., 1993
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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First Edition. Signed by the author. Foreword by Frank Stewart. Fine/Fine. Partial cloth and paper over boards; 222 pp.; illustrated in b/w, a clean and crisp copy. N° de ref. de la librería 003771

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Título: Islands at the Edge of Time: A Journey to ...

Editorial: Shearwater Books, Covelo, California, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1993

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

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Islands at the Edge of Time is the story of one man's captivating journey along America's barrier islands from Boca Chica, Texas, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Weaving in and out along the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina, poet and naturalist Gunnar Hansen perceives barrier islands not as sand but as expressions in time of the processes that make them. Along the way he treats the reader to absorbing accounts of those who call these islands home -- their lives often lived in isolation and at the extreme edges of existence -- and examines how the culture and history of these people are shaped by the physical character of their surroundings.


Gunnar Hansen takes readers on a trip that no one seems to have thought of before: a 2,700-mile journey along America's sandy barrier islands from the Mexican border to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. These islands separate ocean from lagoon, saltwater from freshwater, sea bird from shore bird, and--until many were developed for tourism--sea-goer from landlubber. The barrier islands are young, Hansen tell us, formed in the last ice age only a few thousand years ago. They are also extremely vulnerable to damage, as Hurricane Emily demonstrated in 1993 when it tore away a good portion of many Atlantic islands. In his lively book, Hansen points out that the frequency and intensity of such storms seems to be on the rise, so see the islands while you can.

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