among extremes of weather farther north and south, the thirty eighth North parallel line marks a temperate, center range the place human societies have thrived because the starting of civilization. It divides North and South Korea, passes via Athens and San Francisco, and bisects Mono Lake within the japanese Sierra Nevada, the place authors David and Janet Carle make their domestic. Former park rangers, the authors set out on an around-the-world trip looking for water-related environmental and cultural intersections alongside the thirty eighth parallel. This publication is a chronicle in their adventures as they meet humans confronting demanding situations in water provide, toxins, wetlands loss, and habitat safeguard. on the middle of the narrative are the riveting tales of the passionate individuals—scientists, educators, and native activists—who are suffering to maintain a number of the world's so much remarkable, but threatened, landscapes.
Traveling principally outdoors of towns, clear of well-beaten vacationer tracks, the authors move Japan, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, the Azores Islands, and the United States—from Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco Bay. The tales they assemble supply stark contrasts in addition to reaffirming similarities throughout assorted cultures. Generously illustrated with maps and images, Traveling the thirty eighth Parallel files devastating environmental losses but in addition inspiring earnings made in the course of the efforts of committed members operating opposed to the chances to guard those fragile places.