The first eden the mediterranean world and man
The First Eden: The Mediterranean World and Man by David Attenboroughan illustrated history that combines nature and people
If David Attenboroughs myriad films and documentaries ever appealed to you, but you would like to go through some at a slower pace and have it on your shelf for future use, then this is a book you will like. It is written for a non-specialist audience and loaded with useful maps and great photographs. Starting with the geology of the Mediterranean---its drying out and refilling several times over millions of years---and continuing on to topics like the pygmy elephants and hippos that lived on islands like Sicily and Malta up to not-so ancient times, the book unfolds both the nature of the region and the history of the peoples who live there. It is certainly done with a broad brush. For academic detail and accuracy you could read Braudel, but this is a well-written introduction to Egypt, Crete, the horse peoples, Islam, the Crusaders, and the destruction of the forests for fuel and construction of houses and ships. He traces the introduction of new plants from the east to the west, as well as from the Americas after Columbus. Attenborough closes on a note of warning, saying that the vast transformation of land and water wrought in this region is now occurring everywhere. Are we going to do anything about it or just let it happen? In this book the Majorcan midwife toad and monk seal were just hanging on in 1987. Thirty years later, they are still in the same situation. Faint hope arises. At least they did not go extinct. What about us?
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The First Eden: The Mediterranean World and Man is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, providing an overview of the history, natural history and archeology of the Mediterranean. The series consists of four episodes which describe man's relationship with the natural habitats of the Mediterranean and provide a glorious portrait of the landscape, wildlife and plants of the Mediterranean. From the earliest human settlements to the cities of today, from the forests of the North African shore and the Middle East to Southern Europe, the series tells the dramatic story of man and nature at work. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4. Episode 1 - The Making of the Garden This episode looks at the natural history of the Mediterranean: the creation of the Mediterranean sea, wildlife, and human's activities as hunter-gatherers.
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It comprises four programmes, each of 55 minutes' duration, which describe man's relationship with the natural habitats of the Mediterranean , and is a glorious portrait of the landscape, wildlife and plants of the Mediterranean. From the earliest human settlements to the cities of today, from the forests of the North African shore and the Middle East to Southern Europe, this series tells the dramatic story of man and nature at work. The music was composed and conducted by Carl Davis. On the European shore, spring has come. At the first hint of spring they use those savings to produce flowers, in some cases, even before they've sprouted leaves.