I discovered Meloy’s writing shortly after her death, and as I read, it was impossible not to mourn the loss of her voice, her intellect, and the considerable energy with which she advocated for the protection of desert landscapes — landscapes that, time and again, have been deemed sites for damming, bombing, and dumping hazardous waste.
Some say the world will end in fire. Some say ice. Some say coordinated kamikaze attacks on the power grid by squirrels.
A brief catalogue of non-human animals seen and discussed in its pages would include deer, bees, ducks, a turkey, cats, a caterpillar, a goat, a pig, some chickens, an owl, two wasps, a peahen, horses, bats, some birds that are not further identified, and a snake. This seems to me, if not quite excessive, then at least curious.
Yea, sure, a 20-million-year-old lake beneath Antarctica is cool and all… but what about a 300-million-year-old forest beneath a Chinese coal mine?
Oh, don’t mind us. We’re just sharing two minutes of gorgeous West Indian Manatee footage. Carry on.