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America's Wetland
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The geologically ancient Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina rests precariously atop millions of years of erosion from the nearby Appalachian Mountains. An immense wetland at near sea level, it is host to every conceivable body of fresh water, ranging from brooding swamps and large hidden lakes to sluggish blackwater rivers and brackish sounds (one of which was so large an early explorer thought he had found the Pacific Ocean). In this engaging book, biologist and Tidewater native Roy T. Sawyer delivers an ecohistory of this unique waterland whose wind-driven tides cover a rich human and natural past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Ice-Age Enclave
  2. pp. 7-13
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  1. 2. Relict Fauna
  2. pp. 14-43
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  1. 3. Water’s Environmental Facets
  2. pp. 44-55
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  1. 4. Period of European Colonization
  2. pp. 56-66
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  1. 5. Agricultural History
  2. pp. 67-82
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  1. 6. Sturgeon, Herring, and Other Fisheries
  2. pp. 83-101
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  1. 7. Antebellum Golden Age: Transportation Canals
  2. pp. 102-119
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  1. 8. African American Experience
  2. pp. 120-135
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  1. 9. Armed Conflict: A Recurring Theme
  2. pp. 136-145
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  1. 10. Intracoastal Waterways: War Canals
  2. pp. 146-155
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  1. 11. Forests Then and Now
  2. pp. 156-166
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  1. 12. Droughts and Forest Fires
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. 13. From Peat Mining to Wildlife Refuges
  2. pp. 177-190
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  1. 14. Lost Heritage: Last River Highway
  2. pp. 191-199
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  1. 15. Urbanization and Depopulation
  2. pp. 200-207
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  1. Epilogue
  2. p. 209
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  1. Notes
  2. p. 213
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  1. References
  2. pp. 231-243
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-260
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