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John Muir's Last Journey

South to the Amazon and East to Africa: Unpublished Journals and Selected Correspondence

John Muir's Last Journey( )
Author: Muir, John
Editor: Branch, Michael P.
Series title:Pioneers of Conservation Ser.
ISBN:978-1-55963-641-4
Publication Date:Jan 2004
Publisher:Island Press
Imprint:Shearwater Books
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $35.00
Book Description:

John Muir's Last Journey is a must read for students and scholars of environmental history, American literature, natural history, and related fields, as well as for naturalists and armchair travelers everywhere.

Book Details
Pages:400
Detailed Subjects: Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Biography & Autobiography / Environmentalists & Naturalists
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 Inches
Book Weight:0.002 Pounds
Author Biography
Muir, John (Author)
The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world.

Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California.

One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.

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