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Aquisitions of the Month

World of Water adds three publications to its library.

Two donations and one purchase.

  1.  ‘Catalogue of Roman Remains Bath‘ containing photographs and a plan of the Roman Baths in Bath, UK.  (Donated) .

 

 

2.  ‘A Handy Guide To Fish Culture Or Fish Culture Being Specially Designed For The Use Of Amateurs And For Guidance In The Improvements of Fisheries‘ by Armistead J.J.  1st Edition. Pub. 1897 by: The Angler Ltd. Scarborough.  Summary: 119 pages, text illus, catalogue at end for fish, plants, apparatus etc. with prices, original covers, unevenly faded as often. Purchased for £22.00. This will help us continue to revise our paper on the chronological dates in the history of aquaculture.


3. ‘Identification of the British Mollusca‘ by Gordon E. Beedham  (Donated), which will help us identify more of the molluscs in our Shell Museum.

Dedicated to Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 – 1913)

1911

In “The World of Life” Alfred Russel Wallace wrote:

“To pollute a spring or a river, to exterminate a bird or beast, should be treated as moral offences and as social crimes; … Yet during the past century, which has seen those great advances in the knowledge of Nature of which we are so proud, there has been no corresponding development of a love or reverence for her works; so that never before has there been such widespread ravage of the earth’s surface by destruction of native vegetation and with it of much animal life, and such wholesale defacement of the earth by mineral workings and by pouring into our streams and rivers the refuse of manufactories and of cities; and this has been done by all the greatest nations claiming the first place for civilisation and religion!

 

Today

Wallace foretold today’s situation, in which unique animals face extinction. He wrote that we have it within our power to save these creatures, and not let them, as he put it, “perish irrecoverably from the face of the earth, uncared for and unknown.