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Sods, soil, and spades : the Acadians at Grand Pré and their dykeland legacy

Author: J Sherman Bleakney
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sherman Bleakney employs his knowledge as a marine biologist to examine the unusual physical and biological features of the environment at Grand Pre, features that encouraged dyke construction as a viable alternative to clearing forested upland terrain." "Among many others, topics discussed by Bleakney include Bay of Fundy geology and derivation of marsh soils, sod production, Acadian technology, and dykeland  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Sherman Bleakney
ISBN: 0773528164 9780773528161
OCLC Number: 55473645
Description: xxxii, 221 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Geology, geography, and tides --
3. Tidal aspects and effects --
4. Sods, soil, and spades : the botanical contribution --
5. The art and science of dyke construction --
6. Sequence of dykeland enclosures at Grand Pre --
7. 300 years of rising sea levels --
8. Coping with cartographic errors --
9. History of dykelands at six locations --
10. Recent exposures of entombed shorelines --
App. 1. Chronology of various events pertaining to dykelands --
App. 2. Minas Basin tidal marsh flora --
App. 3. Persons contacted for information on dyking --
App. 4. Data sheet : tidal marsh sod-cutting spade --
App. 5. J. Crane's 1819 article on dyke construction.
Responsibility: J. Sherman Bleakney.
Local System Bib Number:
004112023

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Sherman Bleakney, a marine biologist, examines the unusual physical and biological features of this region of the Bay of Fundy, home to the only successful pioneer culture in North America to farm  Read more...
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"Bleakney has advanced understanding of dyke-building at Grand Pre in a decisive way by thoughtful, intelligent and widely-based inquiry. I commend him on his major achievements." Graeme Wynn, Read more...

 
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