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Please try again later. Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua'i: A Scientist's Adventures in the Dark. Yale University Press, New Haven; In pursuit of his interest in paleoecology, or the study of how the arrival of humans has changed ecosystems worldwide, the author began an investigation in Makauwahi Cave on the southeastern coast of the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i.
A solution cave in eolianite limestone that also spent some time as a sea cave, it now consists mainly of a large, open collapse sinkhole. Excavation and coring of the deposits on the floor of the sink have disclosed a lot of information about the changes in the island's flora and fauna since the arrival of Polynesians about a thousand years ago and then Europeans in Before it's discovery by man, the only mammal on the island was a bat.
A large fraction of the plants and animals on the Hawaiian islands were unable to cope with the the Polynesian's rats, dogs, and pigs and the European's goats, not to mention many invasive plants introduced accidentally or on purpose.
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Many have gone extinct, and hundreds of officially endangered species hang on only in remote and inaccessible areas. More recently, the author and his wife have spearheaded restoration of the ancient ecology in the sinkhole and some of the surrounding area.
The Makauwahi Cave Reserve is now a popular attraction due to the thriving native plants. The book is in a popular style, but has many references to the scientific literature.
Very readable, if not exactly cavey in the usual sense. Review was originally written for cavers. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. All the figures are omitted, with no warning up front except for this and 1 other review! I will NOT be buying the hard cover from Amazon, and don't you, either!!
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We did a tour while in Hawaii to the cave and it was so interested! I haven't read this book yet but I'm glad to support a good cause. David Burney weaves an incredible tale of Hawaiian natural history in this book, written in a popular style. It is a tale of former abundance and subsequent extinctions and change. The story is one of great loss, but, it is also a tale of discovery and hope.
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Burney and his wife, Lida , are restoring bits of the Kauai lowland habitat that we have remaining. The book is a detective novel and scientific treatment rolled into one. The future of the site is the real treasure and the work of the on-going restoration deserves a wider audience. This book will help in this effort. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Clear, uncluttered, written simply and honestly. A great read and a chance to learn how pursuit of the truth in science ultimately leads to things that matter, and in this age, it's the fate of our biological inheritance.
This is a delightful book. If you are a general reader you will be entertained with Burney's story. If you want more of the scientific background then the figures and tables are for you. Either way, a good read no matter what your interest. In other cases, the exact species can't be determined, so Burney and his team went to similar habitats to identify the most likely near relatives. That's how the Ni'ihau fan palm, Pritchardia aylmer-robinsonii, came to be planted inside the cave, where it thrives.
It might be the same Pritchardia species whose pollen was found in ancient sediments, or not quite. But it's likely close. The ecological restoration effort is a step—rebuilding the past as opposed to discovering the past--another way of rolling back the clock. In his summation, Burney recalls his book's opening lines about the environment's destruction by humans: The book weaves a number of stories, about the history of the region, about a scientist's inquiries, about a family, and friends, and about how we are changing our planet. It's a good read.
Pick it up at your local bookstore, or try the National Tropical Botanical Garden bookstore or other online resources. Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua'i: Posted by Jan T at Fancy the content I have seen so far and I am your regular reader of your blog. I am very much interested in adding http: I am pleased to see my blog in your blog list. I would like to know whether you are interested in adding my blog in your blog list. Hope to see a positive reply. Thanks for visiting my blog as well!
Waiting for your reply friend!!!!! Subscribe in a reader. I borrow the name of this blog, gratefully and with permission, from my friend Nainoa Thompson. The first time I did it with him, our vehicle was the voyaging canoe Hokule'a and the island was Nihoa. I recall the crew's thrill at dawn, seeing the twin peaks of the island appear, and then the saddle between them, and finally the whole island. Thompson was the non-instrument navigator who had brought us there using only stars, clouds, wind, seas, birds and other cues.
The name of this blog also invokes the idea of responsibility—raising as lifting up, as caring for and conserving. The key to responsibility is understanding. If we are to care for these islands, we need the kind of understanding of the environment that a traditional navigator needs. Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment. Wednesday, July 7, Time machine reveals Hawaiian prehistory: Newer Post Older Post Home. Get it to us.
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