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Priceless Florida by Ellie Whitney
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Apr 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, popular-science, ecology

This book is easy for the interested layperson to read, while not sacrificing accuracy or detail. It would make a great gift for newcomers to Florida, young people who are interested in biology, outdoorspeople who'd like to understand the plants and animals they see while pursuing their sport, or even professionals who want to get up to speed on Florida quickly. It could even be used as a textbook for high school or introductory college classes.

The photos are gorgeous and plentiful, and the text is not jargon-heavy. Unfamiliar terms are used sparingly, and explained when they are. In spite of the textbook-like layout, each chapter devoted to a particular natural community, it's a quick and entertaining read, roughly on the same level as a National Geographic article. It might even inspire you to get out and explore the natural communities it describes.
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