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Traveling the 38th Parallel

Between extremes of climate farther north and south, the 38th North parallel line marks a temperate, middle latitude where human societies have thrived since the beginning of civilization. It divides North and South Korea, passes through Athens and San Francisco, and bisects Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada, where authors David and Janet Carle make their home. Former park rangers, the authors set out on an around-the-world journey in search of water-related environmental and cultural intersections along the 38th parallel. This book is a chronicle of their adventures as they meet people confronting challenges in water supply, pollution, wetlands loss, and habitat protection. At the heart of the narrative are the riveting stories of the passionate individuals - scientists, educators, and local activists - who are struggling to preserve some of the world's most amazing, yet threatened, landscapes. Traveling largely outside of cities, away from well-beaten tourist tracks, the authors cross Japan, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, the Azores Islands, and the United States - from Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco Bay. The stories they gather provide stark contrasts as well as reaffirming similarities across diverse cultures. Generously illustrated with maps and photos, "Traveling the 38th Parallel" documents devastating environmental losses but also inspiring gains made through the efforts of dedicated individuals working against the odds to protect these fragile places.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Parallel Universe 38 North Part I. Asia The Four Rivers "Restoration" Project Ecological Recovery behind Barbed Wire China's Yellow River Delta The South-North Water Transfer Project National Parks of Ningxia Up the Yellow River to Lanzhou's Green Camel Bell Qinghai--Blue Lake of the Tibetan Plateau Hotan to Kashgar on the Southern Silk Road The Edge of China and Turkmenistan Hasankeyf in Peril on the Tigris River Fairy Chimneys, Tuz Golu, Travertine, and a City That Lost Its Port Part II. Europe Greek Islands, Athens, and the "Navel of the Earth" Saving Raptors and Water in Sicily Spain's Coastal Lagoons, Water for Growth, and Iberian Lynx Portugal's Transported Town, a Solar Donkey, and the Azores Part III. United States Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education The Rappahannock River and Mattawoman Creek Mountaintop Removal Coal Mines in West Virginia Midwestern Rivers and the Population Center of the United States Seagulls in Kansas and the Santa Fe Trail Mining the Ogallala Aquifer Colorado, the Headwaters State Colorado River Cleanup and Groundwater for Las Vegas Part IV. California: A Water Line to the Pacific Mono Lake to the Sierra Crest Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne to Hetch Hetchy Friends of the River and the New Melones Reservoir The Sacramento--San Joaquin Delta Strait to the Bay Point Reyes and the Pacific Coast Part V. Renewal and Recovery Recovery on the Tsunami Coast It Takes a Village to Save the Toki We Are Bodies of Water Acknowledgments Bibliography Index

About the Author

David and Janet Carle were state park rangers at Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve for twenty years and have taught at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes. Janet is the editor of the California State Park Rangers Association journal, The Wave. David is the author of numerous books including Introduction to Earth, Soil and Land in California, Introduction to Water in California, Introduction to Fire in California, and Introduction to Air in California (all by UC Press).


"Reads more like an adventure novel than a non-fiction travel book." -- Wendilyn Grasseschi Mammoth Times "Explores the faultlines of water shortage, pollution and environment and the human stories that emerge out of them, beyond the news headlines. An ode to fragile places and the people trying to rescue them." -- Rafat Ali Skift "The [authors'] stories are inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and should whet the appetite for more information about the history and environment of the areas... Recommended." -- R. C. Hedreen CHOICE

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