The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest
The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest
Brand: Mariner Books

The Tapir's Morning Bath: Solving the Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest

  • Publish Date: 2002-11-04
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Elizabeth Royte

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An engaging portrait of a community of biologists, The Tapir's Morning Bath is a behind-the-scenes account of life at a tropical research station that conveys the uncertainties, frustrations, and joys of [scientific] field work (Science). On Panama's Barro Colorado Island, Elizabeth Royte works alongside the scientists -- counting seeds, sorting insects, collecting monkey dung, radiotracking fruit bats -- as they struggle to parse the intricate workings of the tropical rain forest. While showing the human side of the scientists at work, Royte explores the tensions between the slow pace of basic research and the reality of a world that may not have time to wait for answers.

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