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We all know the border wall between Mexico and the United States is controversial, but the majority of Americans are unaware of the impact which the wall has on the border's natural factors, an information deficit which author and photographer Krista Schlyer addresses in Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall. This remote region of the continent, which extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, holds the habitats and migration patterns of many increasingly endangered animals, such as the North American Bison, as well as numerous border towns. Consequently, humanity and nature clash yet again in the struggle to survive under the shadow of a steel and concrete wall. Schlyer provides her readers with evocative photographs, both of natural wildlife and landscapes, as well as the devastating changes that have been wrought due to the construction. However, she also offers well-reasoned yet passionately clear insights into the lives of the people and wildlife who have made their homes on the international border, as well as the political climate surrounding the conception of the border wall. Schlyer's work has appeared in National Parks,Defenders,High Country News,Ranger Rick,National Geographic News,Audubon, and Outdoor Photographer. She is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the North American Nature Photographers Association.