Islands of abandonment : nature rebounding in the post-human landscape / Cal Flyn.
- ISBN: 9781984878199
- ISBN: 1984878190
- Physical Description: 372 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Edition: First American edition.
- Publisher: [New York] : Viking, 
"First published in hardcover in Great Britain by William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, London, in 2021."--Title page verso.
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Part one. In absentia: The waste land : the Five Sisters, West Lothian, Scotland ; No man's land : the Buffer Zone, Cyprus ; Old fields : Harju, Estonia ; Nuclear Winter : Chernobyl, Ukraine -- Part two. Those who remain: The blight : Detroit, Michigan, United States ; Days of anarchy : Paterson, New Jersy, United States -- Part three. The long shadow: Unnatural selection : Arthur Kill, Staten Island, United States ; Forbidden forest : Zone Rouge, Verdun, France ; Alien invasion : Amani, Tanzania ; The trip to Rose Cottage : Swona, Scotland -- Part four. Endgame: Revelation : Plymouth, Montserrat ; The deluge and the desert : Salton Sea, California, United States.
"As if Annie Dillard walked into THE WORLD WITHOUT US: a beautiful, lyrical exploration of the places where nature is flourishing in our absence. Some of the only truly feral cattle in the world wander a long-abandoned island off the northernmost tip of Scotland. A variety of wildlife not seen in many lifetimes has rebounded on the irradiated grounds of Chernobyl. A lush forest supports thousands of species that are extinct or endangered everywhere else on earth in the Korean peninsula's narrow DMZ. Cal Flyn, an investigative journalist, exceptional nature writer, and promising new literary voice visits the eeriest and most desolate places on Earth that due to war, disaster, disease, or economic decay, have been abandoned by humans. What she finds every time is an "island" of teeming new life: nature has rushed in to fill the void faster and more thoroughly than even the most hopeful projections of scientists. ISLANDS OF ABANDONMENT is a tour through these new ecosystems, in all their glory, as sites of unexpected environmental significance, where the natural world has reasserted its wild power and promise. And while it doesn't let us off the hook for addressing environmental degradation and climate change, it's a case that hope is far from lost, and is ultimately a story of redemption. The most polluted spots on Earth can be rehabilitated through ecological processes, and in fact they already are"-- Provided by publisher.
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