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The Quiet Mountains: A Ten-Year Search for the Last Wild Trout of Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental (Hardback)
  • The Quiet Mountains: A Ten-Year Search for the Last Wild Trout of Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental (Hardback)

The Quiet Mountains: A Ten-Year Search for the Last Wild Trout of Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental (Hardback)

Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 30/08/2005
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Readers who believe as Herman Melville's Ishmael, that 'meditation and water are wedded for ever', will be entranced by Rex Johnson Jr's, account of his travels to the upper Bavispe River in Mexico's northern Sierra Madre. Combining travel observations, natural history, ethnography, ecology, and ichthyology, Johnson's narrative plunges the reader into a world that is so far from the twenty-first-century United States that it is difficult to believe how physically close the two countries actually are. Johnson goes in search of an ancient species of trout, the Bavispe, at least 3 million years old. It has been easier for the Bavispe to remain unchanged for millennia than for the human inhabitants of the Sierra Madre to endure for mere centuries. Johnson notes the area's Indian descendants are in the process of becoming modern, and the needs of the ancient trout, dependent on pure, unpolluted water, collide at times with the choices of people scratching out an existence in a challenging environment. The parallel stories from natural and human history are a central theme in Johnson's account of environmental change and its consequences, layered with the personal, contemplative meaning he finds in the quest for the seldom-seen fish.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826322739
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 1184 g
Dimensions: 215 x 255 x 24 mm

"Johnson has composed a wonderful, at times lyrical, exploration of an out-of-the-way niche on our crowded planet."
"Readers will appreciate Johnson's descriptions, and David Burckhalter's photos, of country and cultures with features often beautiful, charming, alien and occasionally edgy."
"David Burkhalter's brilliant color and black-and-white photographs of the scenery and people of the region supplement the text. Besides being a book about trout, it is also a compelling story of both natural and human history in land that is changing environmentally with soon-to-be-seen consequences."
"Johnson set out to write a guidebook on trout fishing in Mexico but ended up spending 10 years recording the changes that occur in a land and its people as the modern world reaches them.David Burkhalter's spectacular photographs illustrate the beauty of this remote world. This book should please anyone interested in Mexican history and ecology--or fishing."

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