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Rachel Louise Carson 1907-64 was an American marine biologist and author of widely read books on ecological themes Carson was born in Springdale Pennsylvania and educated at the former Pennsylvania College for Women and Johns Hopkins University Rachel Carson taught Zoology at the University of Maryland from 1931 to 1936 She was an aquatic biologist at the US Bureau of Fisheries and its successor the Fish and Wildlife Service from 1936 to 1952 Rachel Carson wrote 4 books including The Sea Around Us for which she was awarded the 1952 National Book Award for nonfiction At the end of Rachel Carsons career she wrote Silent Spring which questioned the use of Chemical Pesticides and was responsible for arousing world wide concern for the preservation of the environmentSilent Spring takes a hard look at the effects of the insecticides weed killers and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture By introducing these deadly substances we have poisoned or lakes and streams or wild and domestic animals and even ourselves The book focuses on the importance of balance within the environment Rachel Carson wroteWhere spraying destroys not only the insects but also their principle enemy the birds When later there is a resurgence in the insect population as almost always happens the birds are not there to keep their numbers in checkCarson examines the way dangerous chemicals have been used without sufficient research or regard for their potential harm to wildlife water soil and humans creating an evil chain of poisoning and death The over use of DDT dieldrin and other pesticides eventually poisoned an entire world of living things Silent Spring not only recognizes the severity of the chemicals usage but recognizes the effect of substance use on a community It helped people to look at the whole picture to look into the future instead of the now Carson helps to change this way of thinking by offering solutions to the
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