Islands Beyond the Horizon: The Life of Twenty of the World's Most Remote Places (Hardback)
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Short Description for Islands Beyond the Horizon Renowned naturalist Roger Lovegrove has travelled to the world's remotest islands, from the South Seas to the Arctic Circle. They are beautiful, dangerous, and inspiring. Here he tells the story of twenty; each a self-contained habitat with a delicately-balanced ecosystem, and each its tales of humans who have settled, despoiled, or cared for them.
- Published: 12 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199606498 ISBN 10: 0199606498
- Sales rank: 7,454
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Islands have an irresistible attraction and an enduring appeal. Naturalist Roger Lovegrove has visited many of the most remote islands in the world, and in this book he takes the reader to twenty that fascinate him the most. Some are familiar but most are little known; they range from the storm-bound island of South Georgia and the ice-locked Arctic island of Wrangel to the wind-swept, wave-lashed Mykines and St Kilda. The range is diverse and spectacular; and whether distant, offshore, inhabited, uninhabited, tropical or polar, each is a unique self-contained habitat with a delicately-balanced ecosystem, and each has its own mystique and ineffable magnetism. Central to each story is also the impact of human settlers. Lovegrove recounts unforgettable tales of human endeavour, tragedy, and heroism. But consistently, he has to report on the mankind's negative impact on wildlife and habitats - from the exploitation of birds for food to the elimination of native vegetation for crops. By looking not only at the biodiversity of each island, but also the uneasy relationship between its wildlife and the involvement of man, he provides a richly detailed account of each island, its diverse wildlife, its human history, and the efforts of conservationists to retain these irreplaceable sites.