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"And in their writings, they sought the wisdom and consulted the experience of the masters."

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American Wilderness, The: Baja California
William Weber Johnson
Time-Life Books, 1972.

Liner notes:  "William Weber Johnson lives . . . not far from the border of Baja California. He has been a frequent traveler in that lonely peninsula . . . and Time-Life bureau chief in Mexico and Argentina. He is the author of two books in the Life World Library: Mexico and The Andean Republics. He also wrote Heroic Mexico, a history of the Mexican revolution that won the Commonwealth Club gold medal. He is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of California at Los Angeles."
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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land
Subhankar Banerjee
Seattle: The Mountaineers Books, 2003.

A Photographic Journey with Foreword by Jimmy Carter.  From the back cover: "It is a land of pristine wilderness, pulsing with life even in the depths of white subzero winter. Entirely unscarred by roads or signs, it is the place in all Alaska where the polar bear most often prefers to den. It is host to more than 180 resident and migratory bird species that journey from six continents and all fifty states to nest and rear their young. Because of the massive herds of Porcupine caribou who converge upon the coastal plain to calve each spring, it is known as "the American Serengeti." To the Gwich'in people, who call the refuge their home, it is "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins" -  Iizhik Gwats'an Gwandaii Goodlit.

"The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a touchstone for all people, one of the few remaining ecosystems on our planet unaltered by human impact, where true wilderness can still be experienced. But now the refuge is showing signs of global warming: immense McCall Glacier, measured to have lost more than thirty feet in depth in the last forty years; the northward march of the dwarf willow, moving at a pace not seen in 8,000 years; the alarming decline of the muskox, forced to forage where their calves are vulnerable to predators. And the refuge is further threatened by oil development, which would forever unravel the delicate pattern of nature found here.

"Award-winning photographer Subhankar Banerjee devoted two years of his life to documenting the land, its wild species, and its Native peoples. With Inupiat guide Robert Thompson, Banerjee traveled 4,000 miles through the refuge on foot and by raft, kayak, and snowmobile during all four seasons. With more than 200 breathtaking color images, this book makes the case: Leaving the refuge intact in all its mysterious beauty is vital to the survival of this unique ecosystem.

"Banerjee's photos are paired with six essays and a foreword by former president Jimmy Carter.

"In his essay, Peter Matthiessen paints in living color the glorious profundity of life encountered on an expedition at the refuge. Fran Mauer examines the full range of Arctic and sub-Artic ecosystems found here. William Meadows recounts the Wilderness Society's role in creating the refuge and helping to protect it for over forty years. Debbie Miller profiles native Gwich'in and Inupiat families, by choice still tied to the land for survival despite the pressures they face. George Schaller recounts the first expedition that led to the creation of the refuge. David Allen Sibley experiences the wonder of the Arctic coastal plain aflutter with nesting birds from all six continents. Each comes to the same conclusion: The refuge is an abundant and critical habitat that would be irreversibly destroyed if exploited for oil ".
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Baja Book, The: A Complete Map-Guide to Today's Baja California
Tom Miller / Elmar Baxter
with Foreward by Ray Cannon
Santa Ana, California: Baja Trail Publications, 1974.
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Baja California and the Geography of Hope
Joseph Wood Krutch / Eliot Porter
San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1967.

"las nubes, rocas enormes que no pesan,
los montes como cielos, desplomados,
la manada de árboles bebiendo en el arroyo,
todos están ahí, dichosos en su estar,
frente a nosotros que no estamos,"

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Baja California Map and Guide
Walt Wheelock / Jack H. Moffett
La Jolla, California: Cooper Graphics, 1972.
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Baja California, Mexico - 1970-71 Edition
Cliff Cross
Palm Springs, California: Cliff Cross, 1970.
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Baja Sea Guide
Leland R. Lewis / Peter E. Ebeling
San Francisco, California: Miller Freeman Publications, 1971.

Leland R. Lewis is a former navigator aboard west coast tuna clippers and skipper of his own 75' Stays'l schooner.  Peter E. Ebeling is a well known west coast racing skipper and winner of many yachting trophies.
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Becoming Someplace Special: The Brookings Story
Chuck Cecil
Sioux Falls, S.D.: Pine Hill Press, 2001.

From the Preface:  "This is not a history of Brookings or Brookings County. This is a book about the City of Brookings and some of what was required of its people to make it someplace special. It is a collection of tidbits and gleanings found primarily in the past issues of the Brookings Register, and from other publications about the community. . .  There has never been, so far as I can find, a history of the City of Brookings. This book comes closest to filling the bill, but still, it only glances back and highlights some of the more interesting and important events that have helped make our town someplace special."
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Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised Edition
Chandler S. Robbins / Bertel Bruun
New York, N.Y.: Golden Press, 1966.
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Carreteras de México  (Map)
Turistico de la Republica Méxicana
México, D.F.: Guía Roji, S.A. de C.V., 2002.
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Carta Topográfica: Heroica Caborca H12-4, Sonora - Segunda Edición  (Map)
Méxican Instituto Naciónal de Estadistica Geografía
Aguascalientes, Ags., México: Instituto Naciónal de Estadistica Geografía e Informatica, 1997.
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Cartas Topográphicas / Copyright (c) 1997-8, Instituto Naciónal de Estadistica Geografía e Informatica.

Carta Topográfica: Puerto Peñasco H12-1, Sonora - Segunda Edición  (Map)
Méxican Instituto Naciónal de Estadistica Geografía
Aguascalientes, Ags., México: Instituto Naciónal de Estadistica Geografía e Informatica, 1997.
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Carta Topográfica: San Felipe H11-3, Baja California y Sonora - Segunda Edición  (Map)
Méxican Instituto Naciónal de Estadistica Geografía
Aguascalientes, Ags., México: Instituto Naciónal de Estadistica Geografía e Informatica, 1998.
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College On The Hill, The: A Sense of South Dakota State University History.
Amy Dunkle / V.J. Smith
South Dakota State University Alumni Association
Sioux Falls, S.D.: Pine Hill Press, 2003.
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Dictionary of Spoken Spanish Words, Phrases, and Sentences
New York: Broadway Books, 1980.
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"El Camino del Diablo: The Devil's Highway", Arizona Highways magazine
Bob Thomas
Phoenix, Arizona: Nina M. La France, January 2000, pp. 18-21.

Introduction:  "A fortune in gold -- or a lonely death -- awaited those who braved this 200-mile parched border track from Sonoita, Sonora to Yuma, Arizona, where as many as 2000 or more died in the nineteenth century."
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The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, Western Region / Copyright (c) 1977, Alfred A. Knopf.

Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region - The Audubon Society
Miklos D.F. Udvardy, Professor,
Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977.
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Field Guide to Shells of the Pacific Coast and Hawaii, Including shells of the Gulf of California
National Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation
Percy A. Morris
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966.

Editor's Note:  "Whether your interest in the seashore is that of a bird watcher, a surf fisherman, a bather basking on the sand, or merely that of a beachcomber, you cannot overlook the shells. From Alaska to Baja California stretch thousands of miles of good collecting grounds. The Gulf of California offers excellent hunting and a different assortment of species. Rock, sand, and mud offer radically dissimilar environments. Some specimens you will find at high-tide line where the waves have tossed them. Others will be in tide pools. Still others you must dredge for in deep water."
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Field Guide to the Common and Interesting Plants of Baja California
Jeanette Coyle / Norman C. Roberts
La Jolla, California: Natural History Publishing, 1975.
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Field Guide to Wildflowers: Western Region - National Audubon Society
Richard Spellenberg
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Richard Spellenberg is Professor Emeritus of Biology, New Mexico State University. He is a specialist in the plant species of the western United States and the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico.
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Guide To Field Identification: Seashells of North America
R. Tucker Abbott / George F. Sandström
New York: Western Publishing, 1968.

Tucker Abbott is Pilsbry Chair of Malacology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and has done much to popularize malacology, the study of mollusks.
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Guide to the Families of the Common Fishes of the Gulf of California, Second Edition
Gulf of California Field Guide Series No. 2
Thomson, D.A. / Eger, W.H.  
Tucson, Arizona: Department of Zoology - The University of Arizona, 1966.
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Guide to Shells / Copyright (c) 1975, New York Times Book Co.

Guide to Shells
A.P.H. Oliver / James Nicholls
New York: Quadrangle/New York Times Book Co., 1975.
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Land of the Post Rock: Its Origins, History, and People
Grace Muilenburg / Ada Swineford
University Press - Lawrence, Kansas; 1982.

Liner notes:  "Through determination, ingenuity, and skill, the early settlers of north-central Kansas used a natural mineral resouirce -- a ledge of limestone -- so effectively that it became one of the keys to the area's development. This volume, weaving together the geography, geology, history, and folklore of the post-rock story, is a fitting tribute to the spirit of those pioneer settlers, and a major contribution to the preservation of the post-rock landscape and heritage."
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Living Playa Arrangement and Teaching Aid, Decorative
Larry K. & Yvette D. Fox
Phoenix, Arizona: The Cortez Chronicles, 2004.

Description:  "Cortez Chronicles' Living Playa Arrangement is designed for use in your home as a reminder of the seashore and the delicate animals that live in the ocean and the intertidal zone. It is composed of sun and surf-polished shells and shell fragments commonly found high on the beach, and is therefore environmentally friendly. The Living Playa Arrangement is intended as a knickknack or counter display, or as a hands-on teaching aid to stimulate interest in the ocean and intertidal zone, and to promote their conservation."
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Log from the Sea of Cortez, The
John Steinbeck
New York: The Viking Press, 1941.
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Long, Happy Life of Robin Stackpole, The: A Novel of the Twentieth Century
Maynard Fox
New York: Vantage Press, 1998.

Dr. Maynard Fox is a retired professor and chairman of the English and Theatre Department at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.  Dr. Fox passed away on January 18, 2002.

Notes from Alumni News of Fort Hays State University:  "This autobiographical novel recaptures the hardships of life on the Kansas and New Mexico frontiers . . . what it was like to live during the Great Depression and the dust bowl of the '30s."
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Lower California Guidebook, Forth Edition With Revision Notes
Peter Gerhard / Howard E. Gulick
Glendale, California: Arthur H. Clark, 1967.

Liner notes:  "Peter Gerhard's main interest is historical geography, especially of the Pacific Coast of Mexico. He has traveled widely in Lower California and once made a detailed study of the Jesuit mission area. The historical data in the Guidebook is principally from Gerhard's notes made during periods of research at Berkeley, Seville, and Mexico City, supplemented with field work in the peninsula. He is the author of Pirates on the West Coast of New Spain; of México en 1742; and of Pirates in Baja California, as well as numerous articles in historical journals. His home is in Tepoztlán, not far from Mexico City.  Howard E. Gulick supplies road information for the northern two thirds of the peninsula, as well as being the map-maker for the Guidebook. He has explored there by jeep, pack animal, and on foot to record not only the main routes but little-traveled roads and trails. His hobby for many years has been travel and exploration south of the border. He is principal engineer and assistant general manager of the municipal utility department of the City of Glendale, California. Also, he is the author of Nayarit, Mexico: A traveler's Guidebook to the Historic and Scenic State on Mexico's West Coast."
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Mexican Spanish phrasebook
Piers Kelly, ed.
Victoria, Australia: Lonely Planet Publications, 2003.
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Mudge Ranch, The
Margaret Evans Caldwell
Hodgeman County Historical Society - Jetmore, KS; 1931.

The Mudge Ranch House, 1880-1946 / Kansas Historical Quarterly, 1958.

Editor's introductory note:  "This account of the famous Mudge ranch in Hodgeman county was prepared for publication by Mrs. Raymond H. Millbrook, formerly of Ness county, Kansas, and now of Detroit, Mich. The story of its high-living, free-spending owner is a fantastic part of the early history of western Kansas, when the rancher thought himself destined to be king in that country. If fact herein has sometimes been slightly embroidered by rumor and hearsay, that is but a part of the process by which such history is transformed into legend. To strip this story of every detail that cannot be backed by a supporting reference would be to tamper with a folk tale which deserves preservation. Mrs. Caldwell collected the story mainly from the neighbors and employees of the Mudge ranch, and in 1931 wrote it up for the Hodgeman County Historical Society."
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New World Spanish/English English/Spanish Dictionary, Revised Second Edition
Salvatore Ramondino, ed.
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, 1969.
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Orpheum!, The: Where Broadway Meets Beale
Pat Halloran.
Memphis, Tennessee: Lithograph Publishing Co., 1997.

From the Introduction:  "There is significance both historically and architecturally to this building. Historically, the current Orpheum Theatre and its predecessor have been the premier performing arts venture for the Mid-South region since 1890. This Memphis, Tennessee facility has hosted and presented on its stage a remarkable list of entertainers, productions and events, providing memories for millions of patrons.

"Architecturally, the building is one of those rare jewels created in the 1920s that reminds us of the magnificent tastes of that era. These movie palaces became the venues for such entertainment trends as vaudeville, the transition from silent movies to "talkies," and the grand productions that technically brought color, cinemascope, and fabulous sound to the screen. This evolution made the motion picture industry a unique form of American social life. These same edifices, if they were not destroyed, are now being retrofitted to serve as performing arts facilities to house local symphonies, opera and ballet companies, as well as presenting a great variety of productions from touring Broadway to rap concerts, and from travelogues to settings for corporate meetings.

"One cannot help but feel somewhat saddened by the fact that so many facilities across the country were destroyed when they fell into disrepair and fell out of favor with entertainment presenters. . ."
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Puerto Peñasco, México / Map courtesy Rocky Point Times.

Rocky Point Times Newspaper
Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, México, 1993-2011.
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Sea of Cortez, The: Mexico's Primitive Frontier (A Sunset Book)
Gulf of California / Baja / Mainland Coast
Ray Cannon
Menlo Park, California: Lane Magazine & Book Company, 1966.

Liner notes:  "Ray Cannon is probably the one person most qualified to describe the Sea of Cortez. At the age of 55 he dropped a successful career as a movie director, actor, and writer -- and became the angling authority of the Pacific Coast and the Gulf of California. The Governor of California appointed him to the State Marine Research Committee, and Cannon since served on a number of other conservation and natural resources agencies. He was the first to explore the sports, travel, and recreational opportunities of the Cortez, and has written some 800 published articles on the subject. He says his is the old "success story" in reverse: "With strenuous effort I have succeeded in evolving from a position of fame and wealth to the enviable status of vagabundo del mar (seagoing gipsy) and I wouldn't swap jobs with any man on earth." Mr. Cannon is also author of the Sunset book How to Fish the Pacific Coast."
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Seashore Animals of the Pacific Coast
Myrtle Elizabeth Johnson / Harry James Snook
New York, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 1955.
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Secret Knowledge of Water, The
Craig Childs
New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2000.

Introduction:  There are two easy ways to die in the desert: Thirst and Drowning.

Liner Notes:  "Like the highest mountain peaks, deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to the most seasoned explorers.  Craig Childs, who has spent years in the deserts of the American West -- a an adventurer, a river guide, and a field instructor in natural history -- has developed a keen appreciation for these forbidding landscapes: their beauty, their wonder, and especially their paradoxes. His extraordinary treks through arid lands in search of water are an astonishing revelation of the natural world at its most extreme."
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Sinaloa  (Map)
Turistico de la Republica Méxicana
México, D.F.: Guía Roji, S.A. de C.V.
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Soul of Nowhere
Craig Childs
Seattle, Washington: Sasquatch Books/Publishers Group West, 2002.

Soul of Nowhere / Copyright (c) 2002, Sasquatch Books.

Liner Notes:  "Soul of Nowhere is a seductive landscape of unbearable harshness and unspeakable truths. It is a place of sand and bitter canyons that is truly alive, breathing with wind, bleeding with flash floods.  Craig Childs has walked thousands of miles, season after season, into the desert looking for a wildness few people ever witness. In places that should have only desolation and waterless death, in seas of sand dunes and snow-swept high desert, he has discovered an infinitely powerful grace. In the labyrinthine slots and walls within the Grand Canyon he maps an improbable course toward a chute rumored to be an ancient shortcut through impassable cliffs. Days into a fractured-rock Utah moonscape, he observes a prehistoric snake that has been carved into stone; the solstice sunrise places light in the snake's eye. Wherever he treks, the author happens on the pots, baskets, and ancient abandoned cities of those who lived there before; he uses the remains of these vanished cultures as compass points to find his way. From the Sierra Madre mountains in Northern Mexico to the canyons of Utah and a deserted island in the Sea of Cortés, the author returns with stories of adventure. He has been touched in the deepest personal place by fierce lands and he has found the wisdom of refuge and beauty."
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Tide Calendar for the Northern Gulf of California
Dr. Donald A. Thomson /Dr. Lloyd T. Findley / Alex N. Kerstitch
Tucson, Arizona: The University of Arizona, 1967-2011.

Liner notes:  "Dr. Thomson is Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology -- the University of Arizona, and father of the Tide Calendar, published continuously since 1967.  Dr. Findley is Senior Research Scientist of the Guaymas Unit of Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo in Sonora, Mexico.  Mr. Kerstitch was Research Associate at the University of Arizona and a longtime illustrator and photographer for the Tide Calendar and other books. Mr. Kerstitch passed away in on March 23, 2001.  Bob Lofgren computed the tide curves."

Background comments by Dr. Donald A. Thomson, 9/22/2005:  "The original data for predicting tides at Puerto Peñasco was obtained from a pressure tide gauge in the harbor during 1964/65 over a period of 369 days. It was collected and analyzed by Dr. Brian Matthews and the details were published in the Journal of the Arizona Academy of Sciences in, I believe, 1968. The first calendar was published in 1967.

"As far as I know there haven't been any new data for the Puerto Peñasco tides although there are a few publications on tides in the Gulf of California. Bob Lofgren set up the new computer driven version of the calendar adding the appropriate annual values for periodic changes in the orbits of the moon, sun, earth system.

"The calendar has been remarkably accurate considering that new tide data has not been added. This is because the tide range is so great in Rocky Point. The moon, sun values are absolutely predictable so the timing of the high and low tides should be fairly precise. However, I am sure that errors in the absolute tidal heights do occur. The entire tide cycle repeats itself in about 18 years, so to be completely accurate field recordings would be needed for that [entire] period of time."

The calendar may be purchased from Printing & Graphic Services, The University of Arizona, or by contacting CEDO Intercultural at
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Tidepool Animals from the Gulf of California
Wesley M. Farmer, former Curator of Exhibits - San Diego Natural History Museum.
San Diego, California: Wesword Company, 1968.
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Till the Grass Grows Green
Clark S. Carlile
Pocatello, Idaho: Clark S. Carlile, 1999.

Introduction:  "Unfolding drama in the gigantic Dust Bowl, a place God almost forgot. To the people of Jetmore, Kansas and Hodgeman County who live there or have ever lived there and whose spirits roam the prairies in gentle winds at night, softly singing their song, 'Do Not Forget Me Ever, For I Was There.'"

From the Prologue:  "One of the nation's most dramatic moments in history: The Great Depression's cyclonic wind storms that swept the high plains during the nineteen thirties creating unbelievable havoc and creating a world of dust that tested men's souls and tested their will to live on devastated and worthless farms. Yet tormented farmers hung on and denied the incessant winds that howled and boiled across the prairie literally hurling trillions of tons of soil high into the air and dropping it on nearby fields and pasture, or hundreds of miles distant, and sometimes demonically blowing it back from north or south only hours or days later."  ". . . the culture is real, the Great Depression is real, the stricken economy is real, the drought and dust are not exaggerated nor are the grasshoppers and jack rabbits, the hardships, the fight to live from day to day, and the hope for better times. Peoples' lives were governed by the excesses and unpredictable behavior of the weather and its effects upon the land, its vegetation, and all animal life."
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Traveller's Reference Map of México's Baja California, Fourth Edition
Kevin Healey
Vancouver, B.C., Canada: ITMB Publishing/World Wide Books and Maps, 2000.
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