Wonders of the Indian Wilderness by Erach Bharucha

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The veneration of nature has always been an integral part of Indian culture, but the country's wilderness is rapidly disappearing and only small fragments of it now remain. In the face of this ecological threat, "Wonders of the Indian Wilderness" provides a lavish celebration of the unique natural treasure that belongs to India and a call to protect and preserve it in the decades to come. Over 800 pages in scope, the book devotes its first half to exploring 'The Nature of Biodiversity in India', illustrating the incredible natural abundance of one of the twelve acknowledged mega-diversity nations of the world. Author Erach Bharucha describes the plant and animal species of India and the varied ecosystems of the country, confronting the urgent need to conserve biodiversity - a vital resource with immense economic potential-in the process.Among the hundreds of illustrations are a dazzling foldout review of Earth's geological and evolutionary history and an eight-page extravaganza on India's rich floral heritage. The second half of the volume focuses on National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of India, recounting the distinctive ecosystems and species the author has encountered in his travels through over eighty of these areas - as well as the sobering changes he has witnessed in them over the years. Featuring more than 2000 stunning images, "Wonders of the Indian Wilderness" is not only an indispensable guide for environmentalists, educators, policy-makers, and eco-tourists but also an outstanding visual feast for the connoisseur. It is the most comprehensive available overview of the diversity and sheer beauty of life in the Indian wilderness.

About Erach Bharucha

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published October 21, 2008 by Abbeville Press. 855 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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With gorgeous photography and welcoming but precise text, this thorough exploration of India's ecosystems is an endlessly satisfying volume.

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