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Islands of Abandonment
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape | Cal Flyn
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A beautiful, lyrical exploration of the places where nature is flourishing in our absence Some of the only truly feral cattle in the world wander a long-abandoned island off the northernmost tip of Scotland. A variety of wildlife not seen in many lifetimes has rebounded on the irradiated grounds of Chernobyl. A lush forest supports thousands of species that are extinct or endangered everywhere else on earth in the Korean peninsula's narrow DMZ. Cal Flyn, an investigative journalist, exceptional nature writer, and promising new literary voice visits the eeriest and most desolate places on Earth that due to war, disaster, disease, or economic decay, have been abandoned by humans. What she finds every time is an "island" of teeming new life: nature has rushed in to fill the void faster and more thoroughly than even the most hopeful projections of scientists. Islands of Abandonment is a tour through these new ecosystems, in all their glory, as sites of unexpected environmental significance, where the natural world has reasserted its wild power and promise. And while it doesn't let us off the hook for addressing environmental degradation and climate change, it is a case that hope is far from lost, and it is ultimately a story of redemption: the most polluted spots on Earth can be rehabilitated through ecological processes and, in fact, they already are.
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Cathythoughts
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Just started on audio on this morning‘s walk. It‘s about the wreckage we humans leave behind on the earth and how wildlife finds refuge in such places. This was an impulse audible buy, and I‘m so glad I got it. ..Very interesting, and the author narrates in a beautiful healing voice 👍🏻💫

BarbaraBB Beautiful picture 🥰 3w
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara! It was at the beach the other day. 3w
TrishB Sounds great. 3w
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squirrelbrain I tried this as an e-book from Libby but couldn‘t get into it…but I think that was me rather than the book. I can imagine it would be great on audio. 3w
Tamra This does sound interesting - it wasn‘t on my radar. The process of nature reclaiming is rather fascinating. 3w
Cathythoughts @TrishB so far so good 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain She , the author , is a beautiful narrator 👍🏻♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts @Tamra It‘s very good. Nature reclaiming ♥️ 3w
LeahBergen Lovely photo! 3w
Centique What a gorgeous photo! 3w
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VRM1975
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emmaturi
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This was my nonfiction book for February and I just finished today. It is really fascinating subject and the author has put a lot of research into all this abandoned places.

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SpaceCowboyBooks
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Today's reading

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Olivia306
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I almost didn‘t buy this book and oh boy, what a loss it would have been. Poignant, evocative, wise, and sharing things about well-renowned places, or on the contrary bringing to light new places, this book is a meaningful exploration of human impact on environment. But it is also a wonderful exploration of nature‘s resilience and resistance. What a treat this book has been!

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Ambl1966
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I heard some of this read on Radio 4 and it was fascinating

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emmaturi
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Lately I have been buying some nonfiction books. I look forward to them all, in February will start with the tagged book.

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Librarybelle
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My #December #12BooksOf2021 took me to abandoned places all over the world. This is a fascinating look, as well as a sobering reminder of how humans affect the environment. Whether it is due to war, human disasters, natural disasters, or another reason, each abandoned area tells a story, and Flyn beautifully tells the stories of those abandoned areas she visited.

Andrew65 Sounds good. 4mo
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JenniferEgnor
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This book was beautifully written. The author travels to twelve different places that have been dramatically changed by humans. In some places, life is thriving. In others, it is poisoned and changed beyond aid. A haunting look at what can happen when we can‘t…stop. A quote from the film The Day the Earth Stood Still: ‘if the earth dies, you die. If you die, the earth survives.‘ That is, unless we change this endless cycle of destruction.

JenniferEgnor Shown: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philly, PA. The entire place is full of the like of what the author describes in this book. Holes of sunlight, rain; mullein stalks growing wild out of the walls. Nature is taking it back. 5mo
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JenniferEgnor
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Again—this latency of life. It drifts around us all the time, invisible, like an ether. It‘s in the air we breathe, the water we drink. Savor it: each breath, each sip, is thick with potential. In this cup of nothing is the germ of everything.

Shown: Minnehaha Falls, Tiger, GA

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Librarybelle
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Flyn visits twelve locations in the world that have been abandoned for one reason or another and examines the way the ecological system at each location has been impacted. Written with beautiful pose and reflection, Flyn paints a portrait of both devastation and a tiny bit of light and hope in some aspects. It‘s a good primer on the calamities in the world, how humanity affects the ecological system, and what we can do to help solve the problem.

SolaRaynor Very cool! 5mo
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Soubhiville
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Cal Flyn visited sites all over the world where humans have left, for one reason or another, and nature is in different ways creeping back in.

Some high points- endangered sheep coming back from the brink in demilitarized Cyprus, pupfish in the Californian Salten Sea able to survive in water hotter and saltier than any other species, types of lichen which may be able to absorb heavy metals from contaminated war zone in Verdun, France.

Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin 😁📚 for #nonfictionnovember (edited) 6mo
AmyG Oh, hi! 😻 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Soubhiville
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“I remind myself: if one goes in search of nature in its wildest forms, you shouldn‘t expect it will be pleased to see you.”

The author visited Swona, Scotland, a small island off the tip of northernmost mainland Scotland. It was abandoned in the mid 1970‘s, and the cattle and rabbits raised there were turned loose and have rewilded. Flyn found herself attacked or threatened by Arctic Terns, seals, cattle, and Great Skuas.

This is the location⬇️

Soubhiville Location of THE Rose Cottage. Apparently in British hospitals there is a common euphemism: when a patient passes, doctors may say to transport them to “Rose Cottage” instead of the morgue in order to avoid upsetting other patients. I‘ve heard this but had no idea it arose from an actual cottage. @Hooked_on_books thought you might find all of this interesting, since you stacked the book 📕🙂. (edited) 6mo
rockpools This sounds wonderful! 6mo
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Soubhiville @rockpools it is very good. The style is very much investigative journalism, rather like reading National Geographic. 6mo
Kdgordon88 Love the quote! 6mo
Hooked_on_books This is totally fascinating! I really look forward to this book. Thanks for the tag! 🤗 6mo
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Soubhiville
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It definitely would have been nice to spend the whole day like this, but alas, I had to go to work. I‘ll be back to Venkman and this book in a little bit. Snuggle to be continued.

RaeLovesToRead Aww Venkman looks so snoodly 🥰🥰 6mo
ShelleyBooksie ♡♡ Venkman♡♡ 6mo
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Soubhiville
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Yes! I‘m looking forward to both my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin, and they both fit well for this month‘s topics bookclub: “Something You‘ve Obsessed About.”

Islands of Abandonment is about areas that people have moved out of and how nature is moving back in, which is something I‘ve spent a ton of time thinking about.

Kicked, Bitten, Scratched is my life as an animal caretaker. I‘ve done many animal jobs, currently a dog groomer. 🐕🐩🦮

TheAromaofBooks Oooo these both sound super interesting!!! 6mo
Crazeedi Thank you!!! 6mo
Hooked_on_books The tagged book has been named one of the best NF of the year by Powell‘s and is sounds fascinating! I‘ve looked around at our farm and how fast everything grows in Hawaii, contemplating how quickly it would be overtaken if abandoned (VERY quickly). So this book is going on my TBR for sure! 6mo
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Mskt6891
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Audiobooking for the #reversereadathon whilst I take this little one out for walkies in between the rain