Views from the Ridge: Exploring the Natural History of Trinidad and Tobago - Dr. Julian S. Kenny

Victor C. Quesnel


"This book is a compromise". That is how the author begins his preface, and it had to be that way because the scope is so wide he has had to be selective in his treatment. According to him, it began life as an account of his research projects, became for a time a general report on the state of the environment and later still a commentary on a selection of his favourite photographs. Put that way one might imagine that the result would be rather scrappy and without any discernable theme. However, this is in fact far from the truth. The text is well organized in ten fairly short chapters that proceed in a logical succession from "The origin of the islands", through samplings of the plants and animals and their distribution and ecology, to the man-made environment and "The outlook for conservation".

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