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Hawaii, the Islands of Life by Gavan Daws
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Mar 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: environmentalist, nature, ecology, hawaii

A perfect coffee table book, even if it is 20 years old. Published by the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, the large format volume, after various introductions, is divided into chapters on six environments/ecosystems, from lava flow to rainforest to coast, from wetlands to drylands and back again to lava (solidified as summits). There is just enough text to explain each environment: the ecosystem and its rare and unique plants and animals along with their particular conservation challenges. The writing style presents each topic in laypersons' terms, more like a story than a scientific description. The photos throughout are stunning in a natural, pre-photoshop way, and each caption tells a story of a unique environment, adaptation, or struggle to survive. Each chapter is the perfect size for a pre-sleep read, complete with beautiful imagery for dreaming.

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