Two remarkable tales woven together - the story of the Kaokoveld, an arid eden in the remote north-west of Namibia, so nearly lost, but regained to become one of Africa's iconic wildlife tourism destinations, and also the story of a young ...
Author: Garth Owen-Smith
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Two remarkable tales woven together - the story of the Kaokoveld, an arid eden in the remote north-west of Namibia, so nearly lost, but regained to become one of Africa's iconic wildlife tourism destinations, and also the story of a young man's search for an African way to do conservation in Africa. Garth Owen-Smith first visited the Kaokoveld in 1967. It was a life-changing experience. His unconventional ideas challenged both the conservation establishment and the former South African regime. Despite this, community-based conservation was pioneered in the Kaokoveld and today Namibia is a world leader in this field. But the early years - when the foundation for this ground-breaking approach to conservation was laid - are largely forgotten and untold. An Arid Eden: A Personal Account of Conservation in the Kaokoveld brings those years alive through the eyes of Owen-Smith, spanning four-and-a-half decades of extraordinary dedication, passion and achievement. The author and his partner Dr Margaret Jacobsohn have won some of the world's most prestigious conservation awards for their work in Namibia, which has always challenged convential wisdom. The NGO they founded continues to break conservation, agricultural and rural development paradigms.
This book is about changing social-ecological relations in a southern African
savannah landscape framed as an 'Arid Eden' in recent literature (e.g. Owen-
Smith 2010), as a 'last frontier' by early twentiethcentury travellers (Green 1952),
and as ...
Author: Michael Bollig
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
A history of 150 years of social-ecological transformations in the arid savannah landscape of Namibia.
... described as uncouth, frightfully desolate and infernal was recently described
more aptly as an arid Eden by Garth Owen-Smith in his book on the Kaokoveld, An Arid Eden, citing it as a shining example of good conservation in Africa.
Author: Henschel, Joh R.
Publisher: Wordweaver Publishing House
With his penchant for nature, science, writing and photography, the desert ecologist, Dr Joh R Henschel, could not help but document the conversations about the natural world with his friend Zophosis Moralesi, a Toktokkie as beetly as can be. The Toktok Talkie articles were first published as weekly newspaper columns between 2011 and 2013, and these are now collated in this book. In it, Joh reveals some of his musings about nature and his observations of peoples' relationships to it. He deftly interweaves the human defiance of nature, symbolised by the Ancient Mariner, with nature's many values and ultimate power of having the last word, presented by a humble messenger, the Toktokkie beetle, Zophosis moralesi. His first experience of the Namib in 1977 became love at first sight. Since then he has been conducting research in the Namib and several deserts world-wide, reported in numerous scientific papers and technical documents. After spending over three decades in Namibia, Joh and his wife, Theresa, moved to Kimberley in South Africa in 2013, where he joined the National Research Foundation to continue arid land research through the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
... as the vaguely unfocused image of an arid, alkaline desert full of “worthless
land” gave way to the booster-inspired image of an American Eden. The
promotional sleight of hand employed by the tribe of Gilpin blurred the line
between fantasy ...
Author: Michael M. Geary
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Sculpted into graceful contours by countless centuries of wind and water, the Great Sand Dunes sprawl along the eastern fringes of the vast San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado. Covering an area of nearly thirty square miles, they are the tallest aeolian, or wind-produced, dunes in North America, towering 750 feet above the valley floor. With the addition of the enormous Baca Ranch and other adjacent lands, the dunes—originally designated as a National Monument in 1932—attained official National Park status in 2004. In Sea of Sand, Michael M. Geary guides readers on a historical journey through this unique ecosystem, which includes an array of natural and cultural wonders, from the main dunefield and verdant wetlands to the summits of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Described by explorer Zebulon Pike as “a sea in a storm” and by frontier photographer William Henry Jackson as “a curious and very singular phase of nature’s freak,” the Great Sand Dunes are a nexus of more than 10,000 years of human history, from Paleolithic big-game hunters to nomadic Native Americans, from Spanish conquistadores and transcontinental explorers to hard-rock miners and modern-day tourists in motor homes. Like these successive waves of visitors, Sea of Sand follows the water, analyzing its critical role in the settlement and development of the region. Geary also describes the profound impact that waves of human use and settlement have had on the land—which ultimately inspired the early grassroots efforts by San Luis Valley citizens to protect the dunes from further exploitation. He examines as well the more recent legislative effort led by an unprecedented coalition of local, state, and federal agencies and organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service, to secure the Great Sand Dunes’ national park designation. Amply illustrated, Sea of Sand is the definitive history of the natural, cultural, and political forces that helped shape this incomparable landscape.
Industrial. Eden. Myth,. Metaphor,. and. the. Irrigated. Landscape. I. daho's
irrigated landscape was a world made from manythings: water, ... But in the arid
West, in places such as Idaho, it perhaps took on its greatest significance and
Author: Mark Fiege
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Category: Technology & Engineering
Irrigation came to the arid West in a wave of optimism about the power of water to make the desert bloom. Mark Fiege�s fascinating and innovative study of irrigation in southern Idaho�s Snake River valley describes a complex interplay of human and natural systems. Using vast quantities of labor, irrigators built dams, excavated canals, laid out farms, and brought millions of acres into cultivation. But at each step, nature rebounded and compromised the intended agricultural order. The result was a new and richly textured landscape made of layer upon layer of technology and intractable natural forces�one that engineers and farmers did not control with the precision they had anticipated. Irrigated Eden vividly portrays how human actions inadvertently helped to create a strange and sometimes baffling ecology. Winner of the Idaho Library Association Book Award, 1999 Winner of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, Forest History Society, 1999-2000
Jacob , persecuted by Esau and the Canaanites of the valleys , was driven by
them from an arid place here , to a more arid place there . Finally , reduced to
starvation , he emigrated to Egypt to seek bread and become the servant of an ...
276–80. 76 Ibid., pp. 128–33. 77 Ibid., pp. 182–3. 78 James Stevenson-Hamilton
(1937), South African Eden, London: Penguin Modern Classics, Kindle edition,
loc 4014–17. ... 85 Garth Owen-Smith (2010), An Arid Eden. A Personal Account.
Author: Keith Somerville
This book places lion conservation and the relationship between people and lions both in historical context and in the context of the contemporary politics of conservation in Africa. The killing of Cecil the Lion in July 2015 brought such issues to the public’s attention. Were lions threatened in the wild and what was the best form of conservation? How best can lions be saved from extinction in the wild in Africa amid rural poverty, precarious livelihoods for local communities and an expanding human population? This book traces man’s relationship with lions through history, from hominids, to the Romans, through colonial occupation and independence, to the present day. It concludes with an examination of the current crisis of conservation and the conflict between Western animal welfare concepts and sustainable development, thrown into sharp focus by the killing of Cecil the lion. Through this historical account, Keith Somerville provides a coherent, evidence-based assessment of current human-lion relations, providing context to the present situation. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of environmental and African history, wildlife conservation, environmental management and political ecology, as well as the general reader.
Olive trees are precious and can live to a grand old age . Sometimes they need
propping up ! 3 . Old olive press in Andalusia , southern Spain . 4 . Olive trees
growing in southern Spain . 5 . Olive groves in an arid landscape in southern
Author: Louise Frost
Publisher: Alison Hodge Publishers
Category: Mediterranean-type plants
Focusing on plants, this book covers plants in each of the three biomes - Humid Tropics, Warm Temperate and Temperate. It also tells the stories of some of the stars in this living theatre of plants and people: where the plants come from; how they grow and are harvested; what people use them for, and how and when some of them arrived in Britain.
And uncles , let me tell you , are an arid waste . " She gave a hard little laugh ,
followed instantly by a marvellous softening of her features and a vivid flush ;
which signals Monica noted , together with the gleams on the face of the saluting
Author: Jane Ermina Starkweather LockePublish On: 1856
Could soul so waken soul , heart heart so warm , An arid Eden freshen by a tear
? Then deep , deep down within my wondering heart There woke a dream - a
thought , - a picture e'en , Like to that vision , drawn in youth , apart , My soul's
An arid zone , on the other hand , is one in which an imbalance normally exists
between the demand for water by crops and its natural supply by rainfall , the
latter being too meager to meet the former over most of the area in most seasons
Author: Daniel Hillel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Agua, Abastecimiento de - Aspectos políticos - Oriente (Cercano Oriente)
An acclaimed environmental scientist explores the vital role of water in the Middle East and explains how the damaged environment of the region will ultimately undermine peace, offering a combination of folklore, personal observation, historical analysis, and insightful remedies. UP.
Only the larger storms lash the Pacific coast as far south as California . Thus from
the north California gets only the leavings of rainstorms after Washington and
Oregon have been drenched . If Colonel J. W. Powell's famous definition of an arid ...
Letters from Karl had arrived from the Middle East, describing the world he was
seeing as an infantry officer plodding through the craggy, arid lands of the Bible.
How Lukas would have given his good eye to be with Karl, sharing the adventure
Author: Peter Watt
Publisher: Pan Australia
A new war, a new generation and an old enemy meet in this thrilling and poignant novel of love, loss and hope written by the bestselling author of Papua. Jack Kelly and Paul Mann have survived one world war-will they survive another? When the Japanese threaten to invade the Pacific the two men know that they must do everything in their power to protect their country, and their loved ones from an ambitious and merciless enemy.Lukas Kelly and Karl Mann are like brothers-just like their fathers-and both are determined to do their part for the Australian cause. While Karl works undercover in espionage, Lukas trains to be a pilot. The two men have also inherited their father's passionate nature, and romantic entanglements raise the stakes even further. Four men, with ties closer than blood fight to hold on to love, and a world that is gradually disappearing. When the war finally explodes terrible tragedies, courageous deeds and enduring friendships will change their lives forever.
Yet California is still an arid region . It receives less than half the average annual
rainfall of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast states , and its mean water runoff per
acre is a small fraction of that in states east of the Mississippi . Complex drought ...
Plånt , is extreamly worthy the Atten arid à delicate yellow within : they rise from
the tion of the Gardener : the wild Freedom Bösoms of the Leaves usually two
together ; someFig . 1. of its Growth , and Singularity of its Aspect , times singly ...
Marion touched her forearm and answered, “There was another; long ago in a
distant, arid place. We were never introduced, but I can tell you that she was an
intelligent, dark-skinned beauty with enormous intellect and spirit. Does that
Author: George Shaffner
Publisher: Algonquin Books
A drought-stricken midwestern town gets some unexpected help in this “warm, whimsical novel full of humor and down-home wisdom” (Jennifer Chiaverini). It hasn’t rained in a hundred days, it’s hotter than Beelzebub’s oven, and the ground is harder than a cast-iron skillet. The good folks of Ebb, Nebraska, could surely use a miracle. Lifelong residents are fleeing, and the town is on the verge of collapse. Wilma Porter, the plucky owner of the Come Again Bed and Breakfast, and her indomitable friends from the Quilting Circle need to do something to save Ebb, and fast. But short of praying for rain, there’s little even the powerful Quilting Circle can do. Enter Vernon L. Moore. The last time this mysterious traveling salesman came to stay at the Come Again B&B, he turned the town around in six days. When he left, he became a legend. Wilma and her friends have come to expect surprises from Moore, but this time they’re stunned when he brings help: three widows from the town of Eden with pasts as enigmatic as his. The Widows of Eden is an entertaining, inspiring novel about community, hope, and a new way of looking at the things that matter most. Following In the Land of Second Chances and One Part Angel, “the third installment in Shaffner’s gently inspirational series provides a gracious reminder of the power of faith and the rewards of friendship” (Booklist).
Though perhaps that was a ridiculous comparison , considering that sitting on the
rust - colored banks of an arid wadi in northern Africa was not in the least bit like
daydreaming alongside the flower - dusted banks of an English stream .
Author: Emma Gordon
Publisher: Severn House Pub Limited
Spirited career woman Sara Ashford returns to England in 1937 for the birthday of her grandmother, Lady Ladbroke, who likes Sara more than she likes her own daughter, an unhappy woman who tries to impress her with her elegant social life.
cañon , slightly higher in elevation , leads west from the Handle and slopes
gradually down to an arid cupshaped valley containing some ten thousand acres
and lying on the western side of a low range that forms the western boundary of ...
Author: Peter Bernard Kyne
Publisher: Copp Clark, [193-?]
Category: California, Northern
"Descendants of the first settlers in a northern California valley (probably Shasta County) put aside their long-standing feud to work together against outsider encroachment"--Baird & Greenwood.
Both of them hesitated , realizing that the subject had wandered into an arid ,
trackless desert . Milt started again . “ That's on the level - somebody told me
something about you just a day or two ago . " “ Who ? " she asked . She was
curious in ...