The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Mee t

The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Mee t

Eugene Linden

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0452297745

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Mee t

Eugene Linden

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 0452297745

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A pioneering work of environmental journalism that vividly depicts the people, animals and landscapes on the front lines of change's inexorable march.

A species nearing extinction, a tribe losing centuries of knowledge, a tract of forest facing the first incursion of humans-how can we even begin to assess the cost of losing so much of our natural and cultural legacy?

For forty years, environmental journalist and author Eugene Linden has traveled to the very sites where tradition, wildlands and the various forces of modernity collide. In The Ragged Edge of the World, he takes us from pygmy forests to the Antarctic to the world's most pristine rainforest in the Congo to tell the story of the harm taking place-and the successful preservation efforts-in the world's last wild places.

The Ragged Edge of the World is a critical favorite, and was an editors' pick on Oprah.com.

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will explore later, its bitter encounters with the outside world in centuries past resonate today. But the aftermath of contact also offers valuable insights into the nature of this moveable frontier, insights that are accessible once you look past the gaudy facade of sex and indulgence. What you find is that if a people remain in place, and the ecology retains some continuity with its past, then a type of deep culture lingers even after the natives abandon most of their traditional ways. It’s a

wavelength phenomena of the overlapping time scales at play in the workings of the ice sheet will prove to dominate in the struggle of forces that determine when the ice sheet might collapse. If it can take 10,000 years for a pulse of warming entombed in the ice to make its way from the bottom of the sheet to the top, then maybe a collapse will take place in slow motion as well. Unfortunately, that remains only a hope, not a confident prediction, and that hope is challenged by the increasing

site to study past climate change. In a 1999 UNESCO report, Jim Barbarak called the terraces the most impressive coastal cliffs on the east coast of the Americas from the Canadian Maritimes to Tierra del Fuego. The beaches are pristine, the waters clear, and the occasional lagoons rich. We stopped at Daiquiri Beach, supposed home to the drink that was made famous by the Floridita in Havana. We passed through spotless and delightful-looking towns such as Imías. The only reminders that there was

geophysics may have protected Vu Quang for millions of years, and war might have bought it some additional time more recently, but hunters and loggers can enter the area, and given the extreme population pressures on the Vietnamese side of the border, settlers encroach, too. Both Vietnam and Laos have taken steps, however, to protect about 1.75 million acres of the region. Moreover, one of the most revered military figures from North Vietnam, General Vo Nguyen Giap, put his prestige behind

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