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Landscapes and hydrology of the predrainage Everglades /
Christopher W. McVoy ... [et al.].
imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2011.
description
xxii, 342 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm. + 1 DVD (4 3/4 in.)
ISBN
081303535X (hbk.), 9780813035352 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book, DVD
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imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2011.
isbn
081303535X (hbk.)
9780813035352 (hbk.)
contents note
Phases of Everglades drainage, 1880s to early 1950s -- Effects of Everglades drainage, 1880s to early 1950s -- Reconstructing the landscapes of the predrainage Everglades -- Lake Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Marsh -- Sawgrass plains -- Custard Apple and Cypress Swamp -- Ridge and slough landscape -- Marl marshes -- Landscapes bordering the Everglades -- Predrainage hydrology: the Everglades as a whole.
catalogue key
7651563
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-328) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-11-01:
The goal of this interesting, informative book is to document changes in the Everglades, pre- and postdrainage, from the 1880s to the present. McVoy, a wetland ecologist and soil physicist, and colleagues collected and reviewed a wide range of historical observations and documentation, and concentrated on soils, botany, landscapes, and hydrology of the regions. The study focused on predrainage concepts; changes in drainage and water management due to settlement; and specific landscape examples as suitable guides for restoration. Following an introductory section discussing the extent of the research and some background details, 12 chapters cover sources and methodology, the phases of development and drainage in the Everglades, various types of landscape and vegetation, and predrainage history. The concluding section includes comments on "anthropogenic drainage.. A list of references, "Township Survey References," and a detailed index follows the last chapter. A DVD that accompanies the book provides supplementary historical data references for chapters 5-10. Each chapter contains color and black-and-white plates, figures, and tables to support the text. A valuable resource for anyone involved with ecosystem restoration, including engineers, soil scientists, botanists, geomorphologists, and those involved with restoration of similar land areas. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. S. G. Shetron emeritus, Michigan Technological University
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"A magnificent undertaking in historical detective work, or ‘forensic ecology’ in the authors’ words. The book will totally reset our way of envisioning the Everglades."--Peter Stone, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control "Represents a landmark in the study of historical ecology in South Florida. It is a must-read for hydrologists, ecologists, policy makers, and managers involved in restoration ecology."--William F. Loftus, retired, Department of Interior Florida is in the midst of a colossal multi-billion dollar project to restore the Everglades, a flowing, patterned wetland, once larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. This comprehensive plan has been clouded by politics and, more important, challenged by the absence of a clear "original conditions" yardstick against which to measure restoration progress. A group of experts at the South Florida Water Management District have united in an effort to mitigate this dilemma. Using survey notes, historical maps, photos, and firsthand descriptions, they have reconstructed a vivid ecological--and hydrological--picture of the Everglades of the 1800s, before drainage of the swamp drastically altered the landscape. Painstaking documentation and cross-verification of the historic sources (included on a DVD) allow the reader a front-seat view of the process of "forensic" reconstruction. Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades advances the science behind Everglades restoration. This landmark work offers an invaluable lens for scientists and policy-makers into the technical aspects of this massive wetland. The work is equally accessible to the layperson, gathering in one volume the many and varied voices of the first Europeans to set foot in the Everglades. Christopher McVoy is a soil physicist and wetland ecologist. Winifred Park Said is a botanist, modeler, and environmental planner. Jayantha Obeysekera is a hydrologist and director of the Hydrologic and Environmental Systems Modeling Department at the South Florida Water Management District. Joel VanArman is a biologist, retired after 35 years of Everglades studies. Thomas W. Dreschel is an environmental scientist specializing in aquatic systems.
Description for Bookstore
"A magnificent undertaking in historical detective work, or 'forensic ecology' in the authors' words. The book will totally reset our way of envisioning the Everglades."--Peter Stone, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control "Represents a landmark in the study of historical ecology in South Florida. It is a must-read for hydrologists, ecologists, policy makers, and managers involved in restoration ecology."--William F. Loftus, retired, Department of Interior Florida is in the midst of a colossal multi-billion dollar project to restore the Everglades, a flowing, patterned wetland, once larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. This comprehensive plan has been clouded by politics and, more important, challenged by the absence of a clear "original conditions" yardstick against which to measure restoration progress. A group of experts at the South Florida Water Management District have united in an effort to mitigate this dilemma. Using survey notes, historical maps, photos, and firsthand descriptions, they have reconstructed a vivid ecological--and hydrological--picture of the Everglades of the 1800s, before drainage of the swamp drastically altered the landscape. Painstaking documentation and cross-verification of the historic sources (included on a DVD) allow the reader a front-seat view of the process of "forensic" reconstruction. Landscapes and Hydrology of the Predrainage Everglades advances the science behind Everglades restoration. This landmark work offers an invaluable lens for scientists and policy-makers into the technical aspects of this massive wetland. The work is equally accessible to the layperson, gathering in one volume the many and varied voices of the first Europeans to set foot in the Everglades. Christopher McVoy is a soil physicist and wetland ecologist. Winifred Park Said is a botanist, modeler, and environmental planner. Jayantha Obeysekera is a hydrologist and director of the Hydrologic and Environmental Systems Modeling Department at the South Florida Water Management District. Joel VanArman is a biologist, retired after 35 years of Everglades studies. Thomas W. Dreschel is an environmental scientist specializing in aquatic systems.

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