paper, 304 p., $19.95
What is a wetland? This pocket-size illustrated guide to the ecology and conservation of the world's wetlands is an authoritative review of these essential environments. The extensively illustrated text explains that it is a challenging task to define the character of wetlands because of their great global diversity. It points out the different types of wetlands and why people need them. Because both plants and animals must adapt to alternating dry and wet periods, it explains different methods of survival in this ecological system. During the modern era, the agricultural and industrial revolutions have resulted in wetland loss, resulting in considerable negative consequences to all life forms. A major portion of the book is devoted to an extensive atlas of the world's wetlands, which is quite an ambitious undertaking. The remaining sections discuss the opportunities for discovery when visiting wetlands, and the work of wetland conservation.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden