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Green Gold: The Discovery of Sri Lanka’s Biodiversity by Rohan Pethiyagoda

Green Gold: The Discovery of Sri Lanka’s Biodiversity by Rohan Pethiyagoda

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This revised, expanded edition of Rohan Pethiyagoda's (2007) Pearls, Spices & Green Gold tells the fascinating story of the scientific discovery of Sri Lanka's plants and animals, from the beginnings of European colonization to the post-Independence Era. It is told through the lives of the explorers, artists and scientists who discovered, described and delineated the island's plants and animals.


Lavishly illustrated with some 375 images, including paintings, prints and portraits of all the key figures, Green Gold: The discovery of Sri Lanka's Blodiversity provides biographies of all the key actors and puts faces on familiar names in the island's biodiversity literature. It is a tale that has its roots in a search for knowledge overlaid on a backstory of colonial extraction and exploitation, which was in turn transformed into a desperate struggle to describe vanishing species even as natural habitats disappeared.


Green Gold is a sourcebook of invaluable biographical and historical context and detail. This edition has been updated to include information that has come to light in the 16 years since the publication of the original title, together with a chapter on the history of the rubber industry and many fascinating 'asides' that will provide nature enthusiasts with ideas for discussion and debate.


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