Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line around the World

David Carle Janet Carle


Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line around the World

Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line around the World

  • Title: Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line around the World
  • Author: David Carle Janet Carle
  • ISBN: 9780520266544
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover



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 FormerBetween 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.


Recent Comments "Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line around the World"

This is the first nonfiction by David Carle I have read. (Sorry, Janet! I know you are the co-author.) He has established himself as a writer of note on water issues many times before. Yet it was this book I chose to read, and I was not disappointed. It's the perfect combination of arm-chair travelogue and environmental treatise. I learned as I joined them on their journey, and I saw things I will most likely never see. I came away with an important message: It is the power of place that moves u [...]

Just couldn't get into this one, unfortunately. It felt like the authors flitted between places too quickly, never getting in-depth enough in one place before moving on. It was fun as a travelogue, but I wasn't compelled by the science or environmental aspects.

This book reference California too much - I understand the authors live there, but it's really not the center of the world (a whole section is just California, equal to the section on Europe). While I applaud what they did - showing environmental/water problems around the world, I didn't think they did a good job in creating a sense of place when describing all the places they visited - and that's really the reason I read books set in foreign countries. So it didn't work for me.

A quality introduction to global water quality & habitat issues and hydrology.


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