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The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

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Fashioned by the violent volcanism of the Pacific Rim of Fire, plate tectonics, and the sculptural magic wrought by Ice Age glaciers, the Salish Sea straddles the western border between Canada and the United States and is connected to the Pacific Ocean primarily through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This fascinating visual journey through the Salish Sea combines a scientist’ ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Sasquatch Books
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Michael O'Brien
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For those that have never heard of the "Salish Sea", this is a term describing the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Georgia. This book's photos of the natural features, fauna, flora, and history of the Salish Sea are nothing less than breathtaking, and the text is understandable, really showing the beauty, balance, and wonders of this amazing ecosystem. It does an outstanding job educating and explaining this wonder of nature such that one emerges with a renewed sense of i ...more
Julie
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, thought-provoking, and full of amazing photographs and factual information about the Salish Sea, which is the name of the ecosystem that includes Puget Sound, the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the Straight of Georgia, and stretches all the way from Olympia, Washington to Cambell River, British Columbia. This book should be required reading for anyone who lives near, visits or cares about this amazing body of water, which, as the title says, is truly a jewel.
Wendy Kendall
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful celebration of the history, biology, beauty and vibrancy of The Salish Sea. This book makes a dynamic impact immediately with its incredible photography that is generously featured on every page of the book. Caught in the moment are the precious scenery and animals of this inland sea off the coast of Washington and British Columbia. Mixed saltwater and freshwater, it includes the Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia. The endearing and insightful photog ...more
Bryan
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having grown up in the Puget Sound and studied marine biology there in college, as well, this was a fascinating book. I like the new name for the combination of all the inland coastal waters, the Salish Sea, as it hearkens back to the first inhabitants of the area. The photography is stunning and there is a lot of good information about the ecology of the Salish Sea.
Heather Durham
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, nature
So much more than just beautiful photography, this book is grounded in real science, including recent research. A delightful way to learn more about my local ecosystem!
Bob Stocker
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Salish Sea, which was not officially named until 2009, comprises Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia – an area surrounded by northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. The book about it by Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos is a filled with enough beautiful photographs to qualify as a coffee table book. I bought it for the photographs, but I'm glad I took time to read the text.

The text in many coffee table books seems contrived to fit the pho
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Ron
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Salish Sea is one of the most beautiful, well-researched, important nonfiction books I have read this year. Every resident of Western Washington and British Columbia should read it.

My one issue with it is that it tends to treat the Coastal Salish peoples as a singular entity, which is a bit irritating from an ethical/anthropological standpoint. Nevertheless, my review above stands.
Elisabeth
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book with gorgeous photos and lots of good information about species that live in the Salish Sea. It's not a comprehensive biology book, but rather will give you a taste of who lives here and how they fit into the ecology of the area. ...more
Alison
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book full of lovingly captured images of the unique nature surrounding us in the coastal PNW. It's a reminder to care for our region and tread lightly so that future generations can appreciate it as we can. ...more
Julie
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book and wonderful reading about the Pacific Northwest. Loved it!
John
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely photos. Good narrative. No link to any place/person to comment on the situations depicted.
Read it because I live on its waterfront with acreage.
Jim Corson
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a coffee table book that I hope people read. It explains why we need to look at Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia as a unit rather than pieces. Pictures are beautiful. A Good Read
Phillip
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Pictures. Nice short but informative essays.
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