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A Natural History of Oregon's Lake Abert in the Northwest Great Basin Landscape Contributor(s): Larson, Ron (Author)

A Natural History of Oregon's Lake Abert in the Northwest Great Basin Landscape Contributor(s): Larson, Ron (Author)

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A Natural History of Oregon's Lake Abert in the Northwest Great Basin Landscape
Contributor(s): Larson, Ron (Author)

ISBN: 1647790883    EAN: 9781647790882
US SRP: $45.00 US
Binding: Paperback
Copyright Date: 2023
Pub Date: December 12, 2023
Physical Info: 0.7" H x 9.9" L x 6.9" W (1.8 lbs) 320 pages

A Natural History of Oregon's Lake Abert in the Northwest Great Basin Landscape focuses on a salt lake and includes descriptions and numerous photos of the region's geology, hydrology, and plants and animals--from lichens to pronghorn sheep--as well as its archaeology. Because birds are so conspicuous, both on the lake and in the uplands, there is an abundant amount of information including about them.

A beautifully detailed exploration of flora and fauna.


Author Ron Larson offers a natural history of a Great Basin landscape that focuses on the northern region including Lake Abert and Abert Rim, and the adjacent area in southcentral Oregon. Although the jewel of this landscape is a lake, the real story is the many plants and animals--from the very primitive, reddish, bacteria-like archaea that thrive only in its high-salinity waters to the Golden Eagles and ravens that soar above the desert. The untold species in and around the lake are part of an ecosystem shaped by ageless processes from massive lava flows, repeated drought, and blinding snowstorms. It is an environment rich with biotic and physical interconnections going back millions of years.


The Great Basin, and in particular the Lake Abert region, is special and needs our attention to ensure it remains that way. We must recognize the importance of water for Great Basin ecosystems and the need to manage it better, and we must acknowledge how rich the Great Basin is in natural history. Salt lakes, wherever they occur, are valuable and provide critically important habitat for migratory water birds, which are unfortunately under threat from upstream water diversions and climate change. Larson's book will help people understand that the Great Basin is unique and that wise stewardship is necessary to keep it unspoiled. The book is an essential reference source, drawing together a wide range of materials that will appeal to general readers and researchers alike.

Ron Larson earned a PhD in marine sciences in Canada and completed his postdoctoral work in Florida while studying deep-sea animals. He was employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, where some of his work focused on water development and endangered species. His research interests include the ecology of waterbirds and shorebirds. Larson currently works with a group of scientists who are studying the effects of climate change on the Great Basin. He is the author of Swamp Song.

"Ron Larson's book is well researched and referenced and draws a wide range of material together that general readers and researchers will find interesting and useful."
-- Ray Weldon, professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon

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