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Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark

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Often referred to as America's national epic of exploration, the 28-month Lewis and Clark expedition was certainly America's greatest odyssey. Commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set off on the greatest wilderness trip ever recorded. Beginning in St. Louis, they navigated up the Missouri River and through the prairies, enduring a ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 27th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published May 9th 1995)
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Maron Anrow
Aug 23, 2014 Maron Anrow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite what I thought it'd be, but it still satisfied some of the desires that led me to pick up the book in the first place.

The start and end locations of the Lewis and Clark expedition are both dear to me. I lived in St. Louis for three years and quickly fell in love with the city (against all expectations!), and one of my favorite places to hike was a trail along the Missouri river that was marked as a Lewis & Clark spot. The Columbia River Gorge that separat
Melissa Norton
Jul 18, 2009 Melissa Norton rated it liked it
I was hoping for more with this book. The author's thesis is to use the Lewis and Clark expedition and compare it to current issues and conditions in the natural history of the area. There were some interesting sections, but the book suffers from a faintly pedantic tone. Additionally, the analysis feels superficial and a bit self-absorbed. That being said, I still give credit for originality and research that combines historical and contemporary perspectives. Not a bad book, but it could have ...more
Aug 31, 2008 Billy added it
Combines natural geography with my heavy interest in the Corps of Discovery.
Its biggest environmental lesson is the overlooked notion that the environment is dynamic and not static, though environmental policies for species preservation treat it as static...chapters on plains buffalo. mtn grizzlies and pacific northwest salmon are the highlights so far. The author also traces the route of the expedition to explore the natural and man-made differences that have come to pass over the past 200 year
Kevin Mason
Nov 19, 2011 Kevin Mason rated it liked it
This book provides a segmented look at various natural history aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Interesting insights about plant and animal densities and populations prior to European encroachment keep attention throughout. As with many works that switch topics with each chapter, personal interests will provide high and low levels of interest throughout the book.
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Daniel Botkin is a scientist, biologist, ecologist, physicist, professor, author and journalist. Renowned for his scientific contributions in ecology and environment, he has also worked as a professional journalist and has degrees in physics, biology, and literature. He is best known for the development of the first successful computer simulation in ecology, a computer model of forest growth that ...more
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