Earl Swift - Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

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Swift, a longtime reporter for Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot, spent most of two years living with the waterman of Tangier Island, the last off-shore fishing community in the Virginia waters of Chesapeake Bay. Roughly 1.3 square miles, the island has been steadily losing ground as the oceans rise, and is projected to be uninhabitable in 25 to 50 years. It would cost upwards of a billion dollars to build a protective seawall around it, and while the island’s culture, history, and wildlife all make it “unquestionably unique,” is it worth what it would cost to save it? Swift gives a detailed profile of island life, from the uncertain economics and ecology of the blue crab to the community’s staunch evangelicalism and rejection of climate change, showing how complicated this question is.

 

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Non Fiction
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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062661395
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 7th, 2018

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