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The following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity.  Use these to establish the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in."    George Washington Carver

"Man must go back to nature for information."    Thomas Paine

"Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and
 building a wall."    Robert Frost

"Nature encourages no looseness, pardons no errors."    Ralph Waldo Emerson

         All finite things reveal infinitude:
         The mountain within its singular bright shade
         Like the blue shine on freshly frozen snow,
         The after-light upon ice-burdened pines;
         Odor of basswood upon a mountain slope,
         A scene beloved of bees;
         Silence of water above a sunken tree:
         The pure serene of memory of one man,--
         A ripple widening from a single stone
         Winding around the waters of the world.     Theodore Roethke

"A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books."    Walt Whitman

"Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake."    Wallace Stevens

Abbey, Edward.  Cactus Country.  New York:  Time-Life Books, 1973.
Carson, Rachel.  "The Obligation to Endure." Writing About the World.
Vol. 1.  Ed.  Susan McCleod.  Orlando, FL:  Harcourt, Brace,
Jovanovich, 1991.  Pages 86-96.
 Darwin, Charles.  Galapagos Archipelago.  The College Board English  Language Advanced Placement Examination.  1990.
Dillard, Annie.  Teaching a Stone to Talk:  Expeditions and Encounters.
New York:  Harper and Row, 1982.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo.  "Nature." Essays and Lectures.  Ed.Joel Porte.
 New York, NY:  Literary Classics of the United States of America,  Inc., 1983.  Pages 539-556.
Gluck, Louise.  "For Jane Meyers."  The House on Marshland. The
 Echo Press,  1975.
Lopez, Barry H.  Of Wolves and Men.  New York:  Charles Scribner
and Sons, 1978.
Matthiessen, Peter.  Blue Meridian.  New York:  Random House, Inc., 1970.
_ _ _    The Snow Leopard. New York:  The Viking Press, 1978.
_ _ _  The Eastern Slope.  New York:  The Viking Press, 1959.
McPhee, John.  The Control of Nature.  New York:  Collins Publishers, 1989.
Melville, Herman.  The Encantadas (Enchanted Isles).  The College Board  English Language Advanced Placement Examination.  1990.
McPhee, John.  "Ice Pond." Table of Contents.  Ed.  Fred Morcellino.New York: Farrah, Straus and Giroux, 1985.  Pages 192-203.
_ _ _   "A Textbook for Bears."  Table of Contents.  Ed.  Fred Morcellino.  New York: Farrah, Straus and Giroux, 1985.  Pages 13-56.
_ _ _   "Under the Snow."  Table of Contents.  Ed.  Fred Morcellino.  New  York:  Farrah, Straus and Giroux, 1985.  Pages 1-12.
Rooney, Andrew. "In Praise of New York City."  A Few Minutes WithAndy Rooney. Ed. Andrew Rooney.  New York, NY:  Warner  Books, Inc., 1981.  Pages 135-149.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience.  New York:
New American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Williams, Carlos William.  "Spring and All."  Collected Earlier Poems.
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1938