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The Moon in the Nautilus ShellDiscordant Harmonies Reconsidered$
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Daniel Botkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199913916

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.001.0001

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Oaks in New Jersey

Oaks in New Jersey

Machine-Age Forests

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The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

Daniel B. Botkin


This chapter focuses on the Hutcheson Memorial Forest, a nature preserve maintained by Rutgers University in New Jersey, and the changes that have affected its form and structure. It first provides a brief history of the forest, which used to be dominated by oaks and hickories, and argues that the story of Hutcheson Memorial Forest illustrates how people thought about forests. It suggests that both scientists and the public believed in the constancy of nature and in nature's ability to recover its exact former structure following a disturbance. It also considers the character of nature in the rain forests and the great plains and savannas of eastern and southern Africa, along with the impact of climate change on vegetation. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of accepting changes that are natural in both kind and frequency as part of a new but wise management of nature.

Keywords:   oaks, hickories, Hutcheson Memorial Forest, forests, nature, rain forests, savannas, Africa, climate change, vegetation

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