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Ann Arbor Alive: The Ecology of a City

Ann Arbor Alive: The Ecology of a City
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Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, 1981, 105 pages. With Lori D. Mann.

Traces the evolution of human and natural history in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Studies the various elements of the city environment--such as water resources, animals, trees, aesthetics, and social ecology. Maps of Ann Arbor locate each site that is discussion. With 70 photographs and 55 illustrations, its uniqueness lies in the study of how human systems (i.e. water, solid waste, energy) function in lieu of the natural systems they replace. Available from the Center for Earth and Culture, and from the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, 417 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. ($6.00 paper)

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"This is the kind of book that should be written about every community. Hopefully, communities of all sizes will be moved to do so. It gives intriguing lessons in how to make observations and interpret them--in how to read the city landscape. It is an ecological guide, a sourcebook of resource-use information, and a comprehensive picture of a city from an ecological point of view. It is extremely interesting in its own right, and deserves serious consideration as a model for similar publications in other communities."
- Nature Study Magazine
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