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The Book of Texas Bays
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In a dazzling tribute to the Texas coast, conservationist and lawyer Jim Blackburn has teamed with photographer Jim Olive to give us the most intimate and important portrait yet of Texas bays and of those who work for their wise use and preservation. While giving life and sustenance to plants, animals, and people, the bays and estuaries of Texas have other stories to tell—about freshwater inflows, deep port construction, disappearing oyster beds, beach resorts, industrial pollution, and more. At a certain point, each story brings opposing forces into the courtroom for vigorous debates on the future of some of our most valuable and irreplaceable resources.

The Book of Texas Bays is a personal account of legal battles won and lost, but it is also a fine work of natural history by someone who has a deep spiritual connection to the Texas coast and all it has to offer. Jim Olive’s stunning photographs present us with a dramatic perspective of our relationship with the Gulf and remind us of both the grandness and the fragility of our coastal treasures.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Spirit of the Mud
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. 2. Water and Sabine Lake
  2. pp. 6-16
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  1. 3. Wetlands of the Upper Texas Coast
  2. pp. 17-26
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  1. 4. Smith Point
  2. pp. 27-37
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  1. 5. Wallisville
  2. pp. 38-47
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  1. 6. The Houston Ship Channel
  2. pp. 48-58
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  1. 7. Galveston Bay and Bayport
  2. pp. 59-70
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  1. 8. Galveston Island
  2. pp. 71-83
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  1. 9. Christmas Bay
  2. pp. 84-95
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  1. 10. Lake Jackson and the Columbia Bottomlands
  2. pp. 96-107
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  1. 11. Sargent
  2. pp. 108-117
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  1. 12. Matagorda Bay
  2. pp. 118-131
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  1. 13. Mad Island
  2. pp. 132-144
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  1. 14. Palacios
  2. pp. 145-155
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  1. 15. Lavaca Bay and Formosa Plastics
  2. pp. 156-166
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  1. 16. Port O’Connor
  2. pp. 167-174
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  1. 17. San Antonio Bay and Sustainability
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. 18. Rockport
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. 19. Port Aransas and Lighthouse Lakes
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. 20. Nueces Bay
  2. pp. 205-212
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  1. 21. Corpus Christi and Development
  2. pp. 213-224
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  1. 22. The King Ranch
  2. pp. 225-235
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  1. 23. Port Mansfield
  2. pp. 236-246
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  1. 24. Laguna Atascosa
  2. pp. 247-256
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  1. 25. South Padre Island and South Bay
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. 26. The Rio Grande
  2. pp. 267-274
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 275-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-290
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