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The Michigan Roadside Naturalist
by J. Alan Holman and Margaret B. Holman
University of Michigan Press, 2003
Paper: 978-0-472-06675-9 | Cloth: 978-0-472-09675-6 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02459-9
Library of Congress Classification QH105.M5H66 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 508.774


Did you know . . . ?

  • Michigan is seventeenth in oil production in the United States.

  • The Great Lakes are said to be the only glacially produced structures that can be seen from the moon.

  • Michigan was once part of a coral reef.

  • The wood frog is one of the commonest true frogs of moist woodland floors in Michigan today and is able to freeze solid during the winter without harmful effects.

These and many more amazing facts await the curious traveler in The Michigan Roadside Naturalist, J. Alan and Margaret B. Holman's captivating guide to the natural treasures of Michigan. A perfect accompaniment to the classic Michigan Trees and The Forests of Michigan, this user-friendly guide offers a Who's Who of the geology, biology, and archaeology of the Great Lakes State, as well as highway adventures along the state's major routes.

The book begins with an educational yet accessible tour of important points in Michigan's natural and archaeological history, followed by seven road trips based on commonly traveled state routes, moving from south to north in the Lower Peninsula and east to west in the Upper Peninsula. Readers can proceed directly to the road trips or familiarize themselves with the state's treasure trove of fascinating features before embarking. Either way, an informative and fun odyssey awaits the passionate naturalist, amateur or otherwise.

J. Alan Holman is Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Michigan State University Museum and Emeritus Professor of Geology and Zoology at Michigan State University. Margaret B. Holman is Research Associate at Michigan State University Museum and Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University.

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