309 pages, Col and b/w photos, illus
In 1993 geologist Pilkey met artist Fraser and discovered their shared passion for barrier islands, which protect much of the world's coastline from the sea, are usually in motion, and are threatened by development and climate change. This beautiful, scientifically rigorous book is the result of their subsequent collaboration.
Pilkey has written a highly engaging and intelligent book on the fragile beauty of the barrier islands. -- Library Journal "Delicate renderings of the islands by artist Mary Edna Fraser look like vivid aerial-view paintings but are actually batik prints of the coasts, counterbalancing Pilkey's careful study of the 'restless ribbons of sand.'" -- New Yorker "It's a wonderful tour, richly illustrated with colour and black and white photos. Mary Edna Fraser's silk batiks deserve special mention. They capture the sense of the islands remarkably well, giving us a keen birdseye view of the land." -- New Scientist "The fragility of those coastal areas is explored in Orrin Pilkey's A Celebration of the World's Barrier Islands which takes readers on an illustrated jaunt to many of the barrier islands worldwide." -- Ann Lloyd Merriman, Richmond Times-Dispatch "[Pilkey] uses lively, engaging language to explain the origin, the long-term evolution, and the day-to-day processes that determine the distribution and morphological splendor of barrier islands... Original illustrations are magnificent and complement the elegance of the book." -- Choice "This book serves as a fine introduction to the world's diverse barrier islands, yet provides an enormous wealth of information." -- Southeastern Naturalist "The global scope of this book is impressive... this attractive book will succeed in stimulating other scientists to write about geomorphological features for the general public." -- Andrew Goudie, Times Higher Education Supplement "This is an attractive and thoughtful book...Highly recommended to all whose interests include coastal environments." -- Harold D. Palmer, Oceanography "A book that not only is intellectually stimulating but aesthetically pleasing...Pilkey's book is eye opening and should be required reading." -- Mary Ellen Riddle, Coast "Pilkey's and Fraser's collaboration produces an emotional response to the beauty of our planet, one which proves that science and art can together deepen understanding." -- Linda Kaun, Fiberarts Magazine "If there is one book poised to have a positive impact on the future of the world's disappearing barrier islands, this is it." -- Laura J. Moore, Palaois "This is an interesting and yet unusual book... It is a welcome addition." -- Derek J. McGlashan, Geomorphology
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