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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
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A very good and highly detailed book that looks at the problems that invasive species have caused in our Great Lakes and what has been done to try and combat these problems. Some interesting issues include the fact that the Erie Canal caused the first invasive species problem, how Chicago destroyed a natural barrier to such species, how the Clean Water Act backfired and caused so many problems due to a loophole that allowed ballast to be dumped into the Lakes, how phosphorus killed Lake Erie and how the drainage of a swamp area in Ohio way back in the 1800's caused a change to the entire eco-system (of course it also make for wonderful farmland which has helped feed our country!) Loaded with facts and information we discover the lamprey, the zebra and quagga mussels, along with the Asian Carp. Both a cautionary tale, as well as a story of the efforts to try and combat the problems that have been created by the invasive species.
Might not be for everyone, but I enjoyed huge chunks of this book!
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Reading Progress

October 31, 2017 – Started Reading
October 31, 2017 – Shelved
October 31, 2017 –
page 13
November 1, 2017 –
page 36
November 2, 2017 –
page 53
November 2, 2017 –
page 78
November 4, 2017 –
page 88
November 5, 2017 –
page 108
November 7, 2017 –
page 131
November 8, 2017 –
page 151
November 9, 2017 –
page 166
November 25, 2017 –
page 187
November 25, 2017 –
page 212
November 29, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Blaine DeSantis I know little about this topic or fish, in particular, but this book is totally fascinating. About 20% done and have learned so much, have had good family discussions about the book and cannot imagine the amount of research that was done. As of now this truly looks like a potential 5***** book for me!

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