“The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the Tidal Marshes of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast”
By Charles Seabrook
University of Georgia Press; 360 pages; $28.95
By Gina Webb
“I spent half my childhood trying to get off an island, ” environmental writer Charles Seabrook admits in the opening pages of his new book, “The World of the Salt Marsh.” “I have spent half my adulthood trying to get back.”
He grew up on John’s Island, “one of the sleepy, semitropical sea islands nuzzling the South Carolina coast that are surrounded by vast salt marshes, broad sounds and winding tidal rivers.”
In 1962, after graduating from high school, Seabrook left home, eager for “far-flung places” and exotic adventures — much of which he encountered during his 33 years as a science reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
By the time he returns to “the most wondrous, magical place of all, ” his childhood home, the paradise of his memories is almost