The Last Atoll: Exploring the Far End of the Hawai'ian Archipelago

The Last Atoll Exploring the Far End of the Hawai ian Archipelago The Last Atoll is a first person account of journalist Pamela Frierson s ten year exploration of the exotic and ecologically significant small lands at the far northwestern end of the Hawaiian island

  • Title: The Last Atoll: Exploring the Far End of the Hawai'ian Archipelago
  • Author: Pamela Frierson
  • ISBN: 9781595341303
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last Atoll is a first person account of journalist Pamela Frierson s ten year exploration of the exotic and ecologically significant small lands at the far northwestern end of the Hawaiian island chain Frierson takes readers on a rare journey to eight of these remote and ancient islands, including the Kure Atoll, the oldest Hawa i ian island and the northernmost atollThe Last Atoll is a first person account of journalist Pamela Frierson s ten year exploration of the exotic and ecologically significant small lands at the far northwestern end of the Hawaiian island chain Frierson takes readers on a rare journey to eight of these remote and ancient islands, including the Kure Atoll, the oldest Hawa i ian island and the northernmost atoll in the world In her 1,200 mile travels, Frierson discovers isolated landscapes, undisturbed ecosystems, and a nearly forgotten but well preserved human history It is a rich history of discovery by explorers and pirates, plus extensive military use Frierson finds a vast wilderness, including the remnants of ancient volcanoes, and unique species of wildlife She also explores the islands location in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a major current that washes up the world s garbage A lifelong resident of Hawai i, Frierson draws broad conclusions relating to islands and their canary in a coal mine role.

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    1. An excellent book - I was especially interested because of my work, but I think anyone with an interest in environmental literature will enjoy (not sure this is the right word) the sad and at the same time hopeful tale of the NWHI.

    2. I can never quite get enough of the Hawaiian Islands, and I was thrilled to find this book about the little-known but vast northwestern end of the island chain. The book suffers from a problem common to works about the natural world: in the absence of a strong storyline, the action moves slowly and often in circles. That's not to say this tale of environmental change is unimportant, just that it was easy to put down--until the material about Midway. Frierson's experiences on Midway were clearly [...]

    3. Could not recommend this book any more. We hear of these 128 (relatively unknown) island atolls briefly in history, or apart of the Hawaii archipelago. She does an amazing job in sharing her story and experience of being up in those remote atolls while also weaving history in at the same time. Also, it doesn't hurt that her story is really about being at the right place at the right time to tell the change that happened to these islands while she was witnessing it.

    4. Fantastic book. Very well written and the perfect mix of history, biology and personal accounts. A perfect introduction to the natural history of the NWHI, plus some tales of military abuse and overharvest by decades of people before her visits began. Pamela Frierson is a great author . and now I am totally interested in reading her first book!

    5. Well-written with occasional passages of inspired perfection, this book takes you toa strange, isolated world where unique species rule and oddball bureaucrats do their best to restore a vanishing, abused ecosystem

    6. Informative, insightful and an interesting read. I don't normally choose books on environmentalism, but this is well-written and easy to understand without being preachy at all.

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