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Reader Interests : Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lakes and Ponds.


Cliff Pond in Nickerson State Park, Brewster, Massachusetts (Cape Cod). Is this geology, ecology, limnology, sociology, education,conservation, or is it all one in the same?

Most readers come to Beyond Walden because they have a specific interest in one or more of the topics listed above. Though all are woven into the same narrative, the emphasis is on how lakes came to be, how they work, how we relate to them, and how they can be properly cared for. One colleage of mine, a lake scientist-manager, recommends that readers start with whatever interests them, then go back and read it in sequence..

Robin Young, NPR : "In n Beyond Walden, "you tell us everything anyone’s ever wanted to know about kettle ponds.”

Beyond Walden: “Though separated by more than fifteen hundred miles, kettles near Boston and Minneapolis have much in common. They are local clusters within a single galaxy of small lakes that sweeps across nineteen northern states between the Atlantic Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.  It extends from the foggy, boggy ponds of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, to the sunbaked prairie potholes beyond Great Falls, Montana.” [page 6]  


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PHOTO BANNER : Pink Lady Slippers in full bloom at Itasca State Park Minnesota, an wild orchid that thrives in bogs. Poor rendering of mythic figure of Chief "Bemidji,in front of an oversized gas station tells us much about land use change. Beach erosion at Kezar Lake, Maine results from many factors, most notably human interference with the lake level through an impoundment dam, and thinning of the riparian forest at the edge to enhance the view. Child wading the uppermost Mississippi at its source, Lake Itasca, Minnesota.