Extreme Conservation

Extreme Conservation

Life at the Edges of the World

Book - 2018
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On the Tibetan Plateau, there are wild yaks with blood cells thinner than those of horses' by half, enabling the endangered yaks to survive at 40 below zero and in the lowest oxygen levels of the mountaintops. But climate change is causing the snow patterns here to shift, and with the snows, the entire ecosystem. Food and water are vaporizing in this warming environment, and these beasts of ice and thin air are extraordinarily ill-equipped for the change. A journey into some of the most forbidding landscapes on earth, this book is an eye-opening, steely look at what it takes for animals like these to live at the edges of existence. But more than this, it is a revealing exploration of how climate change and people are affecting even the most far-flung niches of our planet.
Publisher: Chicago ;, London :, The University of Chicago Press,, 2018.
ISBN: 9780226366265
Characteristics: xxi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Life at the edges of the world
Contents: At the intersection of continents : Beringia's silent bestiary
Motherless children in black and white
Before now
Beyond Arctic wind
Where worlds collide
Muskoxen in ice
When the snow turns to rain
Sentinels of Tibetan plateau
Below the margins of glaciers
The ethereal yak
Birthplace of angry gods
Gobi ghosts, Himalayan shadows
Counting for conservation
To kill a saiga
Victims of fashion
In the valley of Takin
Pavilions where snow dragons hide
Adapt, move, or die
The struggle for existence
A postapocalyptic world: Vrangel
Nyima.
Summary: On the Tibetan Plateau, there are wild yaks with blood cells thinner than those of horses' by half, enabling the endangered yaks to survive at 40 below zero and in the lowest oxygen levels of the mountaintops. But climate change is causing the snow patterns here to shift, and with the snows, the entire ecosystem. Food and water are vaporizing in this warming environment, and these beasts of ice and thin air are extraordinarily ill-equipped for the change. A journey into some of the most forbidding landscapes on earth, this book is an eye-opening, steely look at what it takes for animals like these to live at the edges of existence. But more than this, it is a revealing exploration of how climate change and people are affecting even the most far-flung niches of our planet.

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