Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua'i: A Scientist's by David A. Burney

By David A. Burney

for 2 a long time, paleoecologist David Burney and his spouse, Lida Pigott Burney, have led an excavation of Makauwahi Cave at the island of Kaua‘i, uncovering the attention-grabbing number of vegetation and animals that experience inhabited Hawaii all through its historical past. From the original point of view of paleoecology—the learn of historical environments—Burney has targeted his investigations at the dramatic ecological alterations that begun after the arriving of people a thousand years in the past, detailing not just the environmental degradation they brought but additionally asking how and why this destruction happened and, most importantly, what may perhaps ensue within the future.

Using Kaua‘i as an ecological prototype and drawing at the author’s adventures in Madagascar, Mauritius, and different interesting locales, Burney examines hugely pertinent theories approximately present threats to endangered species, recovery of ecosystems, and the way humans can interact to fix environmental harm in different places in the world. fascinating illustrations, together with a reconstruction of the traditional ecological panorama of Kaua‘i by means of the artist Julian Hume, provide an enticing window into the ecological marvels of yet again. a desirable experience tale of 1 man’s existence in paleoecology, again to the longer term within the Caves of Kaua‘i finds the excitement—and occasional frustrations—of a occupation spent exploring what the previous can let us know concerning the future.

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