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Wonders of the Indian Wilderness

Erach Bharucha.
Publisher Abbeville  
Format slipcased
Product Dimensions 13.6 x 11.75 x 2.75 inches
ISBN 9780789209993
Pages/Publication Date 855/2006
Daedalus Item Code 34408
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The veneration of nature is an integral part of Indian culture, yet the country's wilderness is rapidly disappearing—only small fragments of it now remain. This huge, abundantly illustrated book is a catalog of these living treasures and a call to protect and preserve them. Erach Bharucha describes the plant and animal species of India's varied ecosystems, explains the urgent need to conserve their biodiversity, and profiles the country's National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries—as well as the sobering changes he has witnessed over the years. First published at $185, this slipcased edition contains 2,000 color images, some filling two pages (22 x 13 inches), and four double gatefolds.

"With gorgeous photography and welcoming but precise text, this thorough exploration of India's ecosystems is an endlessly satisfying volume. A physician who has spent almost 50 years exploring and photographing wild India, Bharucha is also the founder of the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research. After a complete explanation of ecology and the interconnectedness of ecosystems on both micro and macro scales, subsequent sections detail particular regions and their inhabitants. The breadth and diversity of Indian ecosystems make this book a primer on both ecological principles in general and the way geology and climate conflate to develop particular ecosystems. An in-depth guided tour explores each ecosystem of the Indian subcontinent—forests, deserts, mountains, coastlines, etc.—and each concept is defined in pullout boxes and beautiful photographs. The book's second half is devoted to brief descriptions and accompanying photos of India's many wildlife sanctuaries and refuges. In addition to his own photographs, Bharucha reproduces many lovely 19th century paintings and drawings, when many species were first described by naturalists. Bharucha also discusses deforestation and other hazardous human activities. This enormous, spectacularly beautiful volume ... will be treasured by anybody interested in nature or India."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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