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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: ecology, non-fiction
Recommended for: fans of the planet Earth

You pick up a book like this and on some level, you expect it to be dull. Dusty facts repeated. This book is something else entirely. It's an edge-of-your-seat nail-biting horror experience. There is shock after shock, at an unrelenting pace. It would have been a fun ride if it had been fiction, but this is reality and the facts slam-dunk you into the mud.

The story of the ecological collapses of the Great Lakes is devastating reading. The ale wives, the zebra mussels, the quagga mussels, the continuous threat of new invasive species arriving in the ballast water compartments of ocean-going vessels. The threat of species slipping in through the back-door, the canal connecting to the Mississippi river.

The man-made disasters of the Great Lakes and their surroundings are numerous and relentless. You'd think lakes that contain 20% of the world's fresh water would be better protected. That somewhere along the line, someone would actually have tried to make smart ecological decisions. But no. Sadly not.

This is an incredibly important book. In regards to invasive species, it's the best one I have ever read. In regards to fresh water, it is also one of the best ones I have ever read. The subject - ecological collapse, access to fresh water - will become ever more important as the global warming drives climate change to cause new rain fall patterns and increased drought.

Read this book! It's well-written, superbly paced and the terrible facts are presented in an easily digestible manner. I can't say it's fun, but I still didn't want to put the book down. Come on, order it! Reserve a book at the library. Educate yourself. It's rarely been as easy as with this book.
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Reading Progress

July 2, 2018 – Started Reading
July 2, 2018 – Shelved
July 2, 2018 – Shelved as: ecology
July 2, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
July 7, 2018 –
page 260
71.43% "This is so much better than expected. It reads like the environmental disaster thriller it is."
July 7, 2018 – Finished Reading

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