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Page 382 ï~~382 THE MICHIGAN BOTANIST Vol. 43 BOOK REVIEW Albert, Dennis A. 2003. Between Land and Lake: Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands. Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Stevens T. Mason Building, P.O. Box 30444, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7944. Report #2003-22; enclose personal check for US$3.00. Order form at web4.msue.msu.edu/mnfi /pub/publications.cfm; also available at that site as a downloadable PDF, gratis. 96 pp.; ISBN 1-56525-018-4 As an aspiring botanist and Master's degree student, living and working in Michigan for several decades, I purchased this book to gain information about distinguishing the types of Great Lakes coastal wetlands in Michigan. At this price, I was not really expecting what I received. Michigan's coastal wetlands are delineated and described using a holistic ecological approach. There are over 50 high-quality color photographs and 20 color diagrams that are skillfully used throughout the 96 pages to make the text come alive. The wetland plants are nicely detailed, and the information and photographs included on the invertebrates, fish, mammals, birds, history, invasive species, as well as information on delineating the different types of Michigan's coastal wetlands, is amazing considering the size of the book. In addition, a discussion on water fluctuations on the Great Lakes and the impact on plant growth (which has certainly been a hot topic in the Great Lakes region recently) makes the book even more worthwhile. Inserts on waterfowl by Greg Soulliere, and plankton by Sheila McNair and Vanessa Lougheed, added dimension to the book. The reference material in the back of the book includes maps of the "Marshes in Michigan" and a table that details the type and the location of each marsh and whether or not it is open to the public. All the species referenced in the text are listed in the back with both common and Latin names, and the suggested reading list at the end adds a nice touch. Some most interesting and important information is provided in the restoration and recovery section where the author outlines different strategies (some successful and some not so successful) that have been used to restore impacted wetlands, and he also includes a case history of the River Raisin Marsh. I see this book as an excellent resource for professionals involved in biology, botany, ecology, or resource management, as well as an excellent leisurely read for those interested in wetlands. If you don't already have a copy, get one, it is an incredible deal! -Pamela Smith Biology Department Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 49104 pamelas @ andrews.edu