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Locust : The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier - Jeffrey A. Lockwood


The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier

Paperback Published: 1st May 2005
ISBN: 9780465041671
Number Of Pages: 320

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In 1876, the U.S. Congress declared the locust "the single greatest impediment to the settlement of the country between Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains." Throughout the nineteenth century, swarms of locusts regularly swept across the American continent, turning noon into dusk, devastating farm communities, and bringing trains to a halt. The outbreaks subsided in the 1890s, and then, suddenly--and mysteriously--the Rocky Mountain locust vanished. A century later, entomologist Jeffrey Lockwood vowed to discover why."Locust" is the story of how one insect shaped the history of the western United States. A compelling personal narrative drawing on historical accounts and modern science, this beautifully written book brings to life the cultural, economic, and political forces at work in America in the late nineteenth century, even as it solves one of the greatest extinction mysteries of our time.

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"Lockwood makes a compelling case that he has solved what he calls 'perhaps the greatest ecological mystery of modern times.' Along the way, he tells a tale of the Old West that few of us have heard before, and he tells it exceedingly well". Los Angeles Times Book Review"

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
The Third Horseman of the Apocalypsep. 1
Albert's Swarmp. 17
The Sixth Plaguep. 31
Humans Strike Backp. 49
Politicians and Pestsp. 65
Lord of the Locustsp. 87
The Triumviratep. 101
The Locust Disappearsp. 125
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?p. 139
Beautiful Theories and Ugly Factsp. 159
Secrets in the Icep. 181
The Mother Lodep. 209
Pioneers on Trialp. 225
What Have We Learned?p. 255
Notesp. 263
List of Illustrationsp. 273
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780465041671
ISBN-10: 0465041671
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition