"Goddess of Chang Jiang": The Chinese river dolphin declared extinct

2006-12-14 - Yangzi, China.

The fate of the baiji reminds me of the recent book by Mark Elvin, The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China. For millennia, elephants roamed as far north as Beijing and throughout the Chinese heartland and in fact could still be found in regions south of the Yangzi basin as recently as the 14th century. Elvin argues that the 'retreat' of the elephants, "from northeast to southwest, was the reversed image in space and time of that of the economic development and environment...

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