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Surveying the Gulf Coast by sailboat, skiff, car, and kayak, Jacobsen journeys from the bayous of Terrebonne Parish, where he goes on oil patrol with a Native American man whose tribe is being displaced as their island disintegrates; to the last shucking house in New Orleans's French Quarter, whose oyster supply has vanished; to the pristine barrier islands of Mississippi, where a Kafkaesque cleanup effort is underway. He discovers a little-appreciated ecological wonder of breathtaking natural beauty and rich culture struggling to hold on to the things that have always sustained it.
Shadows on the Gulf details the catastrophe creeping across the region and reveals why the damage to the Gulf will affect us all. Not only are the Gulf's wetlands the best oyster reefs and fish nurseries in the world, they also provide critical habitat to most of America's migratory songbirds and waterfowl. If the Gulf is allowed to fail, the effects will ripple across America. And fail it will, unless BP's blunder can somehow galvanize a national effort to save it.
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By pippin on 01-11-16
Would you listen to Shadows on the Gulf again? Why?
yes, there is so much information provided I plan on listening to it twice
What other book might you compare Shadows on the Gulf to and why?
Bayou Farewell: The rich life and death of louisianas cajun coast
Which scene was your favorite?
Its all comprehensive and interesting
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
that all the worlds eels breed in one place.
The layered dysfunction and bureaucracy that lead to the deepwater horizon disaster.
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