Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xi

There is an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. In Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall, Krista Schlyer goes far beyond the power of pictures to share an eye-opening exposé of the unfortunate and unacceptable treatment...

Acknowledgments

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p. xiii

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Introduction

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pp. 2-9

In early spring 2008, two young bison bulls jumped a sagging three-string barbed wire fence separating Chihuahua, Mexico, from New Mexico in the United States. On both sides of the international line lay an unbroken grassland valley scoured...

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Desert

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pp. 10-67

At scorching noon the summer desert smells of choking dust. The July sun boils on bare skin, making it scream for shade, and everything, from cactus to reptile to human creature, shrinks under its searing stare. Nothing moves under the burdensome...

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Grasslands

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pp. 68-102

Early morning in late April, a coyote croons a few half-hearted yelps from the depths of a grassland dream, while under the chilled veil of darkness the Chihuahuan Desert slumbers. Or so it would seem. Like so much of the borderlands...

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Rio Grande

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pp. 103-133

In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, late summer dew glistens on the quivering threads of a spider web draped upon the bough of a honey mesquite. On a nearby branch, a malachite butterfly dries the morning mist off its pale green wings while...

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The Wall

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pp. 134-169

In the Pinacate Biosphere reserve in northern Sonora, Mexico, a bighorn ram heads north. Water sources in the western Sonoran Desert are few, especially in the summer, but water persists in rare locations, including the one he’s headed to a half-mile north...

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People of the Borderlands

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pp. 170-238

Noel Benavides walks a trail through a brushy forest of mesquite and ebony on a steamy September day in South Texas. An entourage of dragonflies colors the low brush where he passes. Where the trail ends, a clearing in the forest reveals the Rio Grande ambling...

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Shining City on a Hill

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pp. 239-277

In his farewell address to the nation in 1989, President Ronald Reagan mused, as he had many times before in his political life, about a shining city on a hill. He spoke of the United States as a “tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than...

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Appalachian Rain

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pp. 278-286

A little more than 150 years ago, having won the Mexican-American War, the United States sent a team of surveyors to San Diego to meet their Mexican counterparts and go about setting the newly adjusted boundary lines for the two nations. Rather than travel by...

Selected Works Referenced

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pp. 287-288

Index

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pp. 289-292

Back Cover

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