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The Traprock Landscapes of New England
Environment, History, and Culture
Peter M. LeTourneau, Robert Pagini




The Driftless Connecticut Series
Garnet Books
Wesleyan
2017 • 208 pp. 190 color photos, 4 figs. 8 x 8"
Nature - Regional / Regional Photography / New England Travel

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7682-8
$19.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7683-5

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Lavishly illustrated natural history of the distinctive lava highlands in the Connecticut Valley

Stunning photography and fact-filled text reveal new perspectives on southern New England's most unique natural region. A picturesque journey through the traprock highlands from New Haven, Connecticut to Amherst, Massachusetts, this book captures the majesty of wild windswept cliffs, panoramic summit vistas, and intimate details of the natural world through the eyes of an artist and the mind of a scientist. By tracing the influence of natural history on cultural development in the Connecticut Valley, the authors present a compelling argument that the rocky highlands are landscapes of national significance, where the particular combination of geology, geography, water resources, climate, and human settlement fostered vital developments in Early American science, education, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, and the creative arts. Through vibrant color photographs of high alpine crags and lush forests, thundering waterfalls and splashing cascades, and close-up views of the rocks, flowers, and birds, The Traprock Landscapes of New England presents the incomparable beauty of the region as never before. Overflowing with information, long-time fans, first-time visitors, nature lovers, rock climbers, history buffs, land use managers, and many others will find plenty to satisfy in the detailed text and captions, crisp photos, historical images, informative maps, and more. Showcasing popular locales, and revealing “secret spots,” this must-have resource will encourage old friends and newcomers alike to visit the rugged crags once called “the boldest and most beautiful” landscapes in New England.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This book ensures you’ll appreciate the glorious topography that drew thousands of ‘landscape tourists’ to Connecticut for a century.”—Diane Smith, author of Positively Connecticut series

“I’ve wandered every mile of this magnificent range, and this book celebrates these mountains and surrounding valleys wonderfully. With evocative text, well-researched ancient and modern history, and the most beautiful photos of the range I have seen, this book belongs to everyone who reveres—and might be curious about—this sublime landscape.” Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society



PETER M. LETOURNEAU is an environmental science educator, a research affiliate of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, and visiting scholar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University. Dr. LeTourneau has studied the Connecticut Valley for more than three decades, and has presented numerous public lectures on the geology, ecology, and history of this fascinating region. ROBERT PAGINI’s award-winning photographs have been featured in publications by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the National Park Service, the Meriden Land Trust, and Diane Smith’s Seasons of Connecticut. He lives in Meriden, Connecticut.

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