A Sand County Almanac

A Sand County Almanac

And Sketches Here and There

Book - 1970
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Publisher: San Francisco : Sierra Club, [1970,c1949]
Characteristics: xv, 295 p. illus. 22 cm
Alternative Title: Sketches here and there


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Jan 25, 2018

Although published in 1949, the eloquent words of Aldo Leopold resonate today as he warns about the steady damage to and depletion of the natural world to the detriment of humanity. The book is divided into three sections of short essays. The first consists of his delight in experiencing and observing nature on his farm in Wisconsin, with stories collected by month, and told in a homey and chatty way. The second explores the loss of wilderness and prairie and the implications to our world, most powerfully told in one essay called "Odyssey", which compares the life cycles of an atom or mineral in a healthy vs degraded environment. The final section lays out his conservation philosophy and the need for a "land ethic" that respects the biota of which humans are an integral part. We will all recognize ourselves as "trophy hunters" of nature, even those who take photos and leave only footprints.

Aug 10, 2017

"Wilderness it he raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization."
The most famous book by the Iowan born naturalist, writer, and teacher Aldo Leopold. Although not as well known as Thoreau, Edward Abbey, and Annie Dillard, he belongs in their company and like them he can be lyrical and observant with a fierce belief in the importance of the environment. This is the centenary edition published by Oxford University Press.

Feb 21, 2011

The description of this book does not do justice to this significant text of environmental philosophy. Aldo Leopold is considered to be the founder of "deep ecology" and his work is considered to be course material at the university level. This is not just another pretty book about nature!


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Jan 25, 2018

A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. Health is the capacity of the land for self-renewal. Conservation is our effort to understand and preserve this capacity.


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