Shield Country: The Life and Times of the Oldest Piece of the Planet
Nature / Ecology
276 pages 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 20–page full–color section
ISBN 0–88995–191–8 paper CDN 22.95 USA 18.95
The Canadian Shield is a distinct ecological region that forms the evergreen,
granite-studded crown stretching across two–thirds of North America. In size,
it approximates western Europe with one percent the number of people.
A satellite view of the region on a winter's night shows tiny, widely
scattered blips of light–islands of human settlement adrift in a sea of
subarctic wilderness. In age, the shield's primeval bedrock dates to the
beginning of earthly time. Shield Country unfolds a fascinating story of
unrivaled Precambrian geology, of wild rivers and millions of pristine
lakes, of an ecological junction where subarctic and arctic climates,
plants, birds, and mammals weave a richly textured wilderness fabric.
"A delightfully insightful account of the Canadian Shield's last four billion years."
"The author situates himself in the landscape with passion, immediacy and refreshingly sharp powers of observation."