THE PACIFIC SHORE: Meeting Place of Man and Nature by Wesley Marx

THE PACIFIC SHORE: Meeting Place of Man and Nature

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There are Pacific devotees and Atlantic partisans, but even the latter will find this affecting natural history-geography cum conservation plea (given added impetus by Dennis Brokaw's marvelous photographs which justify the steep price). The western shore (which here is defined as the coast between Alaska and Baja California) because it came to be settled relatively late is still a magnificent place -- but not for long, as Marx stresses, given the ever speeded up rate of growth as the artichoke fields, redwood groves and orchards go the way of the fished-out Monterey Bay sardine. Coastal real estate values make it more profitable to till the incredibly rich soil for parking lots, shopping centers and housing developments (tomorrow's slums), upsetting the balance between ocean and forest which the Indians throughout hundreds of years treated with respect. The irony of it all, of course, is that it's land which sits on a seismic belt, and nature may yet be heard from.

Pub Date: Nov. 4th, 1974
Publisher: Dutton