Category: Nature

  • Introduction to Air in California (California Natural History Guides)

    By David Carle

    What is air? Why is the sky blue? Why do humans react favorably to mountain or sea air? How does barren region air range from the air of California’s critical Valley? How is pollution affecting crops and animals? This e-book is a different consultant to the air we breathe in California. greater than a ordinary heritage consultant, it methods this interesting subject by means of spotting the overpowering function performed by way of people within the tale of California’s air. In a hugely attractive type, David Carle explains day-by-day climate styles, seasonal weather, attribute winds, and sky phenomena. He explores air because the gases in our surroundings, but in addition considers the features of air that impact all of our senses—its style, odor, think, and glance. The advisor discusses California’s background of air caliber administration, pollution and its impact on people and the surroundings, and the technological and person measures had to deal with those demanding situations. The booklet additionally capabilities as a guide for extra environmentally awake residing by way of delivering details on substitute power resources for shoppers and information for purifier operating cars.

    * good points eighty colour pictures, 23 figures, 18 maps

    * Covers neighborhood adjustments of topography, climate, and the nature of the air in California’s fifteen certain air basins

    * features a box consultant to the sky, explaining colour and lightweight, clouds and wind, and the character of flight

    * Addresses concerns surrounding worldwide weather switch in California

    A publication within the Californians and Their surroundings subseries, devoted to realizing human affects at the state's ecology and normal resources
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  • Discover (April 2016)

    National parks guard nature's beauty for our entertainment, yet additionally they comprise many of the best open air technological know-how labs on this planet. during this factor, you'll get an up-close examine key study tasks underway at 10 assorted parks round the usa. may perhaps venomous creepy-crawlies carry the keys to powerful, non-addictive painkillers? See why biochemist Glenn King is very happy to paintings with dinner plate-sized tarantulas and lethal scorpions.

    Then, see how a doctor's gamble within the nineteenth century cleared the path for a brand new melanoma remedy. talking of likelihood, are most sensible poker avid gamers and different gamblers expert or just fortunate? And one other burning query: Are extraterrestrial beings in the back of a star's loopy mild styles? You'll locate solutions to those questions and extra contained in the April factor of notice.
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  • The Natural History of Pollination

    The significance of bugs in pollinating vegetation is so renowned this present day that possible overlook it used to be found lower than two hundred years in the past; earlier than that, it used to be believed that bees have been easily gathering nectar from flora. this can be the main thorough and obtainable remedy of a desirable topic.
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  • Nature's Numbers: The Unreal Reality Of Mathematics (Science Masters Series)

    By Ian Stewart

    "It seems to us that the universe is dependent in a deeply mathematical method. Falling our bodies fall with predictable accelerations. Eclipses may be appropriately forecast centuries prematurely. Nuclear strength crops generate electrical energy in line with famous formulation. yet these examples are the top of the iceberg. In Nature's Numbers, Ian Stewart provides many extra, every one captivating in its personal way.. Stewart admirably captures compelling and available mathematical principles besides the excitement of deliberating them. He writes with readability and precision. those that take pleasure in this type of factor will love this book."—Los Angeles Times
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  • Eyewitness Experts: Bird

    Written through cutting-edge specialists for the specialists of the following day, Eyewitness specialists are nice immense present packs that blitz the top-selling subject matters young ones fairly love. Open them up and you will find every thing you want to nurture their curiosity, no matter if beginner or nerd. those are presents to treasure and go back to and develop with.
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  • Elephant (Animal)

    By Dan Wylie

    Aristotle characterised the elephant as “the beast which passeth all others in wit and brain” and the animal has lengthy figured in cultural artifacts, even on continents it hasn't ever inhabited. Now Elephant provides a fascinating examine the elephant’s lengthy legacy.

    The snapshot of the elephant are available all through global cultures as a logo of intelligence, energy, and loyalty. Wylie attracts on a wealthy array of examples to record that symbolic energy, starting from symbols of the Hindu god of knowledge, Ganesh, to the loved children’s works Dumbo and Babar the Elephant.

    Turning to the elephant’s organic heritage, Wylie describes the 3 last species—the African Bush Elephant, African wooded area Elephant, and the Asian Elephant—and the arguable efforts for elephant conservation. With ivory poaching and human encroachment into the animal’s usual habitats, Wylie argues that we are facing a uniquely poignant conservation challenge within which elephants and people either unsustainably devour constrained normal resources.

    A compelling new access within the Animal sequence, Elephant may be valuable for each animal lover’s bookshelf.
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  • Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, 2nd Edition

    By Alan Weisman

    Los Llanos—the rain-leached, jap savannas of war-ravaged Colombia—are one of the such a lot brutal environments in the world and an not going atmosphere for essentially the most hopeful environmental tales ever advised. right here, within the overdue Sixties, a tender Colombian improvement employee named Paolo Lugari puzzled if the approximately uninhabited, infertile llanos may be made livable for his country’s starting to be inhabitants. He had no concept that approximately 4 many years later, his test will be one of many world’s so much celebrated examples of sustainable dwelling: an everlasting village referred to as Gaviotas.

    In the absence of infrastructure, the 1st Gaviotans invented wind generators to transform light breezes into power, hand pumps able to tapping deep resources of water, and sunlight creditors effective adequate to warmth or even sterilize ingesting water less than perennially cloudy llano skies. through the years, the Gaviotans’ experimentation has even restored an environment: within the take care of of 2 million Caribbean pines planted as a resource of renewable advertisement resin, a primordial rain woodland that when coated the llanos is all of sudden reestablishing itself.

    Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez has known as Paolo Lugari “Inventor of the World.” Lugari himself has acknowledged that Gaviotas isn't a utopia: “Utopia actually potential ‘no place.’ We name Gaviotas a topia, simply because it’s real.”

    Relive their tale with this targeted 10th-anniversary variation of Gaviotas, whole with a brand new afterword via the writer describing how Gaviotas has survived and improved during the last decade.

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  • 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know: Tips and Trivia for the Backyard and Beyond

    By Sharon Stiteler

    Bird observing is likely one of the most well-liked spare time activities in the USA, and 1,001 secrets and techniques each poultry Watcher should still Know is the 1st photographic consultant and truth e-book written in a funny conversational tone that appeals to each age and talent point. Replete with sound info, 1,001 secrets and techniques will divulge many birding myths: a bald eagle can't hold off a four-month outdated child, and crows don't pass sledding for fun.

    This obtainable consultant contains enjoyable evidence, corresponding to the place sure birds obtained their names, how birds devour, how they discover a lifestyles companion, and the way they construct a house for the chicks. different beneficial info contains identity suggestions, migration styles, and the place the simplest birding holiday spots are. jam-packed with full-color photographs, 1,001 secrets and techniques each chicken Watcher may still Know is a enjoyable, informative learn for each chook watcher.

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  • Great Soul of Siberia: Passion, Obsession, and One Man's Quest for the World's Most Elusive Tiger

    In The nice Soul of Siberia, popular tiger researcher Sooyong Park tracks 3 generations of Siberian tigers dwelling in distant southeastern Russia. comparable to the way in which Timothy Treadwell (the so-called Grizzly guy) immersed himself within the lives of bears, Park units up underground bunkers to watch the tigers, residing thrillingly just about those attractive yet risky apex predators. even as, he attracts from 20 years of expertise and learn to target the Siberian tigers’ wasting conflict opposed to poaching and diminishing habitat. Over the 2 years of his harrowing stakeout, Park’s poignant and poetic observations of the tigers draw a fiercely compassionate portrait of those elusive, endangered creatures.
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  • A Natural History of North American Trees (Donald Culross Peattie Library)

    By Donald Culross Peattie

    "A quantity for a life-time" is how The New Yorker defined the 1st of Donald Culross Peatie's books approximately American timber released within the Nineteen Fifties. during this one-volume variation, glossy readers are brought to 1 of the easiest nature writers of the final century. As we learn Peattie's eloquent and interesting debts of yankee bushes, we trap glimpses of our country's heritage and prior lifestyle that no textbook might ever remove darkness from so vividly.

    Here you are going to know about every little thing from how a species was once came upon to the half it performed in our country’s background. Pioneers frequently stabled an animal within the hole middle of an previous sycamore, and the complete kin may stay there till they can construct a log cabin. The tuliptree, the tallest local hardwood, is less complicated to paintings than so much softwood timber; Daniel Boone carved a sixty-foot canoe from one tree to hold his kinfolk from Kentucky into Spanish territory. within the days prior to the Revolution, the British and the colonists waged an undeclared warfare over New England's white pines, which made the easiest tall masts for scuffling with ships.

    It's interesting to benefit in regards to the advertisement makes use of of assorted woods -- for paper, tremendous furnishings, fence posts, matchsticks, residence framing, aircraft wings, and dozens of different preplastic makes use of. yet we won't learn this ebook with no the occasional lump in our throats. the yank elm used to be nonetheless alive while Peattie wrote, yet as we learn his account this day we will see what brought on its death. Audubon's portrait of a couple of loving passenger pigeons in an American beech is taken into account through many to be his maximum portray. It definitely touched the poet in Donald Culross Peattie as he depicted the extinction of the passenger pigeon whilst the beech wooded area was once destroyed.

    A average heritage of North American Trees supplies us an image of lifestyles in the US from its earliest days to the center of the final century. the knowledge is often attention-grabbing, even though frequently heartbreaking. whereas Peattie appears to be like for the higher aspect of man's nature, he stories sorrowfully at the greed and waste that experience doomed quite a bit of America's virgin forest.
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