This new, updated and freshly-revised edition of the original MUSKEGET leads us once again into that pristine, raw and restless Nantucket island populated by an amalgam of different species, shore birds and mammals, where overpopulated gray seals fight for island dominance, their relentless presence not only damaging rare flora and fauna, but also attracting the ever-dangerous and much-hyped threat of killer sharks surrounding Cape and island waters, imperiling both themselves and humans.
It is a different journey into Muskeget this time. This new edition highlights the island's stark future, as relentless climate forces aggravate its declining natural beauty. The rugged pounding of insistent winds, tides and currents, compounded by sea rise, are regularly and roughly repurposing the island’s topography -- and it is just a matter of time before the island loses its unique identity forever. Currently, new challenges lurk, not only in climate-erosion along the coast, but in the aggressively-changing and restless world of nature itself, and, as the island succumbs to its own disquieting natural forces, we see it gasping for its own identity in the face of diminishing grace.
A new final chapter, “Back to the Future,” features brief essays by six notable island visitors: Nantucket naturalist Peter Brace, oceanographer Dick Limeburner, seal biologist Kimberly Murray, cartographer Dana Gaines, island scalloper Carl Sjoluna and the author -- illuminating their views on predicting how the tiny island's dynamic change may be altered over the next thirty years, or by 2050, in its daily battle against nature's forces. Fresh insights and updates, added to each chapter from the original book, offer perception into new photographs, maps, charts and artwork gleaned from scientists, current research sources, local conservation and land overseers -- as well as vibrant illustrations and photographs from the author's personal and family collection, all illustrating the author's keen observations and remarks.