Best Coastal Ecosystems Books

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1. Florida's Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber

Author: by Blair Witherington
Published at: Pineapple Press; Second edition (May 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1561649815

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The first edition of Florida’s Living Beaches (2007) was widely praised. Now, the second edition of this supremely comprehensive guide has even more to satisfy the curious beachcomber, including expanded content and additional accounts with more than 1800 full-color photographs, maps, and illustrations.

It heralds the living things and metaphorical life along the state’s 700 miles of sandy beaches. The expanded second edition now identifies and explains over 1400 curiosities, with lavishly illustrated accounts organized into Beach Features, Beach Animals, Beach Plants, Beach Minerals, and Hand of Man.


2. Florida's Seashells: A Beachcomber's Guide

Author: by Blair Witherington
Published at: Pineapple Press; Second edition (May 1, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1561649822

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Florida’s Seashells, the bestselling guide for beachcombers, is now updated and expanded in a new edition. This new volume has more shells identified and explained, with 287 species represented by over 400 full-color images and 175 range maps. This book showcases the diversity of Florida’s seashells and presents them in the way they come to us on beaches.

Knowing the names, stories, and varied appearances of seashells can sharpen a beachcomber’s eyes to their beauty and rarity, and offer collectors an outlet for the appreciation of nature’s splendor. The book’s elegant organization allows easy identification of seashells common to the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.

Other Pineapple Press guides for the curious beachcomber: Florida’s Living Beaches Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas


3. Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

Author: by Wallace J. Nichols
Published at: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (July 21, 2015)
ISBN: 978-0316252119

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A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being. Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease?

In Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water-it provides a paradigm shifting “blueprint” for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.


4. Handbooks: Shells: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available (DK Smithsonian Handbook)

Author: by S. Peter Dance
Published at: DK; Illustrated edition (May 15, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0789489876

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Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make DK’s Smithsonian Handbook of Shells the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to seashells of the world. Packed with more than 600 full-color photographs of over 500 species of seashells, this handy reference book is designed to cut through the complex process of identification and make it accessible to the average reader.

Expertly written and thoroughly vetted, each species entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight each shell’s characteristics and distinguishing features. The entry always includes a distribution map, showing the geographical range of the species, as well as color-coded bands to provide at-a-glance key facts.

Written by leading shell expert, author, and museum veteran S. Peter Dance, and packed with detailed information on the shape of each genus, differences between the major classes, and more, DK’s Smithsonian Handbook of Shells is the clearest identification guide to seashells for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.


5. The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature

Author: by J. Drew Lanham
Published at: Milkweed Editions; Reprint edition (June 13, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1571313508

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From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J.Drew Lanham. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolinaa place easy to pass by on the way somewhere elsehas been home to generations of Lanhams.

In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be the rare bird, the oddity.

By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural Southand in America today.


6. A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)

Author: by Bob Gale
Published at: University of Georgia Press (December 15, 2020)

ISBN: 978-0820357324

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Compiled from decades of visiting beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts collecting fossils and conducting extensive research, A Beachcomber’s Guide to Fossils is the definitive guide for amateur collectors and professionals interested in learning more about the deep history they tread on during their vacations.

Authored by Bob, Pam, and Ashby Gale, this guide offers over twelve hundred high-quality color photographs and detailed descriptions of more than three hundred fossil specimens found on beaches from Texas, east to Florida, and north to New Jersey. The book includes descriptions and identifying information for the fossil remains of mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish.

Because the tides provide a new beach to explore every day, and beachcombers need immediate comparison for identification, the Beachcomber’s Guide is essential for quick and easy reference. And while the seemingly infinite varieties of shark teeth form much of what beachcombers find on their sandy strolls, this guide also illuminates the fossilized remains of species that walked in a different world.


7. The Gulf

Author: by Jack E Davis
Published at: Liveright; 1st edition (March 20, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1631494024

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Winner Pulitzer Prize for History Winner Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, NPR, Library Journal, and gCaptainBooklist Editors’ Choice (History) Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for ExcellenceIn this cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin (New York Times), Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea (front page, New York Times Book Review).

Hailed as a nonfiction epic … In the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester’s Atlantic (Dallas Morning News), Jack E. Davis’s The Gulf is by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of America’s Sea’ (Wall Street Journal).

Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this vast and welltold story shows how we made the Gulf …


8. The Beachcomber's Companion: An Illustrated Guide to Collecting and Identifying Beach Treasures (Watercolor Seashell and Shell Collecting Book, Beach Lover Gift)

Author: by Anna Marlis Burgard
Published at: Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (April 17, 2018)

ISBN: 978-1452161167

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Breezy, inviting, and delightfuljust like a day at the beach The Beachcomber’s Companion is a charming illustrated guide to collecting and identifying shells and other coastal treasures. Each of the entries includes fascinating descriptions, fun tidbits, and detailed artwork that makes it easy for readers to identify their own beach discoveries.

A handy resource section offers tips on how to prepare before setting out on a shoreline adventure: from the beachcomber’s commandments to must-have items for every beachcombing toolkit and advice on preserving shells. Awash with information and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is an essential companion for all who love the ocean’s shore.


9. I Spy Ocean Animals: A Fun Guessing Game Picture Book for Kids Ages 2-5, Toddlers and Kindergartners ( Picture Puzzle Book for Kids )

Author: by Alek Malkovich
Published at: Independently published (June 26, 2020)
ISBN: 979-8645688028

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This Super Cool “I Spy Ocean Animals Book for Kids Ages 2-5” will keep kids entertained for hours. Lots of Fun Colorful Images of over 100 ocean animals. A cute kid book that teaches the ABC with ocean animalsPages are arranged in Alphabetical order to help your kid recognize letters and relate them to an ocean animal they know.

Content includes:20 Puzzles from A to ZOver 100 ocean animalsLetters arranged alphabeticallyFull Color InteriorGlossy CoverWould make a Great gift idea for Toddlers, Pre-ks, and Preschoolers. Scroll to the top and click “Buy Now” to get this fun I Spy Book Today!

10. Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas

Author: by Blair Witherington
Published at: Pineapple Press; Illustrated edition (May 31, 2011)
ISBN: 978-1561644902

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Georgia and the Carolinas beckon curious beachcombers with over 600 miles of wave-swept Atlantic coastline. These beaches offer more than a sandy stroll amidst stunning scenerythey are alive! As ever-changing ribbons of sand, these beaches foster unique life-forms and accept beguiling castaways from a vast marine wilderness.Mysteries abound.

What is this odd creature? Why does the beach look this way? How did this strange item get here? Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas satisfies a beachcomber’s curiosity within a comprehensive yet easily browsed guide covering beach processes, plants, animals, minerals, and manmade objects.

The guide is written in a familiar style and is illustrated with distribution maps and over a thousand color photos.

11. Moon Olympic Peninsula (Travel Guide)

Author: by Jeff Burlingame
Published at: Moon Travel; 3rd edition (May 8, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1631218866

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Discover endlessly explorable terrain, miles of rugged coastline, and a diverse array of rainforests, lakes, waterfalls with Moon Olympic Peninsula. Inside you’ll find:Flexible, strategic itineraries from a weekend in Olympic National Park to a week-long adventure on the peninsulaMust-sees and unique experiences: Hike through wild elk habitats, dig for clams in the wet coastal sand, and soak your tired muscles in the remote Olympic Hot Springs.

Kayak beneath snow-topped mountain peaks, fish the abundant rivers, and indulge in local delicacies like Dungeness crab. Wander through the intoxicating Hoh Rain Forest, hike the many trails of Olympic National Park, camp beneath starry skies, or relax with a glass of local Washington wineLocal insight from Washington-born journalist Jeff Burlingame on when to go, where to stay, and what to bringPractical advice on how to get around the Olympic Peninsula, plus how to get there from nearby cities like Seattle and TacomaFull-color photos and detailed, easy-to-use maps throughoutThorough information, including background on the landscape, wildlife, climate, and local cultureWith Moon Olympic Peninsula’s expert advice and local know-how, you can plan your trip your way.

12. The Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast

Author: by Kirk Lombard
Published at: Heyday; Unabridged edition (October 1, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1597143578

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In The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast, Kirk Lombard combines a startling depth of knowledge with wry humor and colorful storytelling to guide readers’ quests to hook fish, dig clams, and pick seaweed for themselves. Leighton Kelly’s stunning, occasionally idiosyncratic illustrations complement practical instructions for gathering a variety of fish and seafood and delicious recipes for what to do with each catch.

Lombard, a former staff member at the state Department of Fish and Game and founder of the foraging tour company/seafood delivery service Sea Forager Seafood, insists that his readers follow all regulations and encourages sustainable practices above and beyond what the State of California requires.

This quirky and useful how-to is sure to inspire an empowering epicurean adventure.

13. The Electricity of Every Living Thing: A Woman’s Walk in the Wild to Find Her Way Home

Author: by Katherine May
Published at: Trapeze (May 16, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1409172512

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Perfect for fans of The Salt Path and The Outrun, this book is a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace within our own unquiet minds.’A windswept tale, beautifully told’ Raynor Winn – The Salt Path ‘A manifesto for the value of difficult people.

I loved it’ Amy Liptrot – The OutrunIn August 2015, Katherine May set out to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She wanted to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating, and why the world felt full of inundation and expectations she can’t meet.

Setting her feet down on the rugged and difficult path by the sea, the answer begins to unfold. It’s a chance encounter with a voice on the radio that sparks a realisation that she has Asperger’s Syndrome. The Electricity of Every Living Thing tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with her diagnosis.

It leads to a re-evaluation of her life so far – a kinder one, which finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, she also finds the way to herself.

14. Surfside Style: Relaxed living by the coast

Author: by Fifi O'Neill
Published at: CICO Books (August 11, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1782498803

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Surfside Style is a celebration of the simple colors, natural textures, and sun-bleached beauty of living by the sea. Beautiful specially-commissioned photography showcases twelve gorgeous homes across the United Statesfrom California to Floridathat are inspired by the calm and rhythm of living in harmony with the water.

From beach cottages to surf shacks, romantic vacation hideaways to bohemian nods to the past, Surfside Style showcases decorative inspiration for all of us who love the ocean or dream of living by the sea. Here interiors bear the influence of maritime colors and simple, natural textures, hand-hewn beams, bleached wood, weathered planks, woven blankets, and mother-of pearl tones.

Fifi O’Neill shows you how to combine originality, creative energy, whimsy, and the spirit of the surf to create serene, authentic, and enchanting interiors.

15. Agate Hunting on the Oregon Coast: A Guide to the 40 Best Agate Hunting Sites

Author: by M. J. Grover
Published at: Matt Grover (January 3, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1736275009

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Find agates on your next trip to the Oregon Coast! Agate Hunting on the Oregon Coast: A Guide to the 40 Best Agate Hunting Sites takes an in-depth look at the best beaches that you can hunt for agates, jaspers, fossils, petrified wood and other fun treasures.

This complete guide covers the entire coastline from north to south, and it holds nothing back. A beginner who has never visited the Oregon Coast will get as much from this book as an experienced local beachcomber. Secret spots, safety advice, tips and tricks, dozens of color photos and detailed site maps will guide you through safe fun for everyone from the solo adventurer to the family looking to make some vacation memories.

This detailed guide book will help put you on productive ground and ensure a successful rockhounding adventure on your next visit to the Oregon Coast.

16. Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Author: by Elizabeth Rush
Published at: Milkweed Editions; Reprint edition (March 12, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1571313812

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FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE IN GENERAL NONFICTION WINNER OF THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD A CHICAGO TRIBUNE TOP TEN BOOK OF 2018 A GUARDIAN, NPR’s SCIENCE FRIDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2018 Hailed as deeply felt (New York Times), a revelation (Pacific Standard), and the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distantand that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area.

For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choicea Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years agowith profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.