Download In the Sierra: Mountain Writings by Kenneth Rexroth PDF

By Kenneth Rexroth

Over the process his existence, Kenneth Rexroth wrote concerning the Sierra Nevada greater than an individual. revolutionary by way of environmental ethics and equivalent to the writings of Emerson, Thoreau, Aldo Leopard, Annie Dillard, and Gary Snyder, Rexroth’s poetry and prose defined the best way Californians have consistently skilled and enjoyed the excessive Sierra. Contained during this outstanding assortment are transcendent nature poems, in addition to prose decisions from his memoir An Autobiographical Novel, newspaper columns, released and unpublished WPA guidebooks, and correspondence. Famed science-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson has compiled a present for enthusiasts of mountains and poetry either. This quantity additionally includes Robinson’s advent and notes, pictures of Rexroth, a map of Rexroth’s travels, and an awesome astronomical research of Rexroth’s poems through the fiction author Carter Scholz.

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Download The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the by Trevor Cox PDF

By Trevor Cox

Trevor Cox is on a hunt for the sonic wonders of the area. A popular specialist who engineers study rooms and live performance halls, Cox has made a profession of removing strange and undesirable sounds. yet after an epiphany within the London sewers, Cox now revels in unique noises—creaking glaciers, whispering galleries, stalactite organs, musical roads, buzzing dunes, seals that sound like alien angels, and a Mayan pyramid that chirps like a poultry.

With forays into archaeology, neuroscience, biology, and layout, Cox explains how sound is made and changed through the surroundings, how our physique reacts to bizarre noises, and the way those mysterious wonders remove darkness from sound’s mind-blowing dynamics in daily settings—from your bed room to the opera condominium.

The Sound Book encourages us to turn into greater listeners in an international ruled through the visible and to open our ears to the wonderful cacophony throughout us.

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Download Owls (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 125) by Mike Toms PDF

By Mike Toms

Owls have constantly featured prominently within the mythology and folklore of a number of cultures. those mysterious nocturnal creatures are considered symbols of knowledge, omens of loss of life, and bringers of prophecy. in truth, owls are one of many oldest species of vertebrate animal, with fossils courting again 60 million years.

Owls were a resource of idea to writers, artists, historians and naturalists alike. In a much-anticipated quantity on one among Britain's so much interesting workforce of birds, Mike Toms attracts on a wealth of expertise and examine, delivering a finished normal background of British owls.

The first a part of the publication covers quite a few elements of owl taxonomy, origins, anatomy, behaviour and ecology and appears around the British owl species, drawing comparisons and highlighting ameliorations. the second one half takes each one species in flip to supply a extra distinctive viewpoint, fleshing out suitable conservation matters, behaviour and status.

Toms explores Britain's loved Barn Owl, Tawny Owl and Snowy Owl among a number of others. He makes use of the large database and most recent study from his paintings with the British belief for Ornithology (BTO) to concentration fairly at the specifics of owls' breeding ecology, their dispersal styles, vitamin, vocalisations, description, inhabitants alterations and mortality. He addresses conservation matters, alterations in laws and capability alterations within the prestige of 1 of Britain's so much iconic birds, offering a desirable evaluation of the biology and historical past of British owls.

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Download Owl (Animal) by Desmond Morris PDF

By Desmond Morris

From Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat" to David Lynch's dual Peaks, owls were woven into the material of pop culture. now and then they're depicted as dignified, clever previous students and at different instances as foreboding voyeurs who see all and interrogate with an accusatory, "Who? Who?" In Owl best-selling writer Desmond Morris explores the normal and cultural background of those predators of the evening who embrace either stable and evil in turn.

during this attention-grabbing ebook, Morris describes the evolution, the numerous species, and the extensive unfold of owls around the globe. Owls are stumbled on on each land mass world wide, aside from Antarctica; and because of their large distribution, owls look within the folktales, myths, and legends of many local peoples—in addition to renowned paintings, movie, and literature around the world. that includes over a hundred telling illustrations from nature and tradition, Owl will attract the various lovers of this enigmatic chook, from the pleasant Mr. Owls to silent, sinister, hunters of the darkish.

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Download The Secret Lives of Puffins by Dominic Couzens PDF

By Dominic Couzens

Puffins are one of the so much immediately recognisable, iconic and good enjoyed of birds. for plenty of they seem to be a spotlight of the UK's summer time beach and their vibrant visual appeal, comedy antics and approachability simply upload to their reputation. a number of 'hotspot' are attracting excessive degrees of curiosity in visits to their colonies. inspite of the excessive point of curiosity in, and charm of, those birds there was a shocking loss of books serious about Puffins as a species.

Award-winning natural world photographer Mark Sisson has spent numerous years photographing Puffins and this new publication combines photographs that superbly encapsulate their allure and visible attraction with an obtainable textual content written by means of top flora and fauna author Dominic Couzens. The ebook covers the birds' existence cycle, behaviour, habitats and the present and destiny demanding situations that they face, in addition to many staggering proof and anecdotes.

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Download BBC Wildlife (May 2016) PDF

Review: BBC natural world journal is a party of the wildlife, that includes the entire most recent discoveries, information and perspectives on flora and fauna, conservation and environmental concerns. With powerful broadcasting hyperlinks, authoritative journalism and award-winning images, BBC natural world journal is vital studying for someone with a keenness for flora and fauna who desires to comprehend, event and luxuriate in nature more.

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Download Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of by Sandra Millers Younger PDF

By Sandra Millers Younger

The hearth outdoors My Window finds the tale of the Cedar fireplace, the most important fireplace in California's recorded heritage, which ravaged the San Diego sector in past due 2003, burning approximately 280,000 acres, destroying greater than 2,200 houses and thousands of alternative structures, and killing 15 humans. Leaving her doomed domestic the evening of the disaster, the writer, Sandra Millers more youthful, drove via flames and, with her husband, used to be kept through a bobcat that confirmed her the line she couldn't see via dense smoke. With this revealing narrative, she takes readers into the center of an epic firefight, telling the tales of fireplace managers and air tanker pilots attempting to wrestle a disaster higher than they'd ever imagined, and recounting either survivors' and victims' determined efforts to flee flames relocating quicker than hearth engines may perhaps force. and he or she tells the tale of the hapless hunter who received misplaced within the backcountry, with little water and no mobile phone or GPS machine, and commenced a sign hearth that prompted the calamity.

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Download Nature Technology: Creating a Fresh Approach to Technology by Emile H. Ishida, Ryuzo Furukawa (auth.) PDF

By Emile H. Ishida, Ryuzo Furukawa (auth.)

The nice East Japan Earthquake, which happened on March eleven, 2011, reminded us that we have been only one species in the nice cycle of existence on the earth, that we have been allowed to outlive simply due to nature, and that the concept we have been by some means capable of overcome nature used to be easily an phantasm. Now greater than ever it's time that we confront head-on the switch from the "underground assets" form of civilization to 1 with a brand new lifestyle and know-how that embraces a feeling of nature. to take action, we needs to research from nature, the single sustainable society in the world, and create know-how that embraces this kind of view of nature. We name such expertise, which cleverly revives nature's greatness, Nature know-how. Taking an off-the-cuff look at nature, a nest of termites within the savanna area could be saw to keep up a gentle temperature of 30°C even though the surface air temperature levels from 50°C through the day to just about 0°C at evening. There are hundreds and hundreds of open pores simply a number of billionths of a meter (nanometer) huge within the "earth" of the nest, which serve to control the temperature and humidity. in truth, every kind of "earth" have those pores (clay mineral with aggregated buildings) and air conditioners that require no electrical energy were created via hardening this earth whereas protecting its constitution; a cooling ground or wall turns into the choice to a traditional air conditioner. This e-book presents many such examples of ways Nature expertise can aid a brand new way of life that's either environmentally sound and spiritually uplifting.

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Download Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant by Stefano Mancuso, Alessandra Viola PDF

By Stefano Mancuso, Alessandra Viola

Are vegetation clever? Can they remedy difficulties, speak, and navigate their atmosphere? Or are they passive, incapable of autonomous motion or social habit? Philosophers and scientists have contemplated those questions considering old Greece, more often than not concluding that vegetation are unthinking and inert: they're too silent, too sedentary -- simply too diversified from us. but discoveries during the last fifty years have challenged those principles, laying off new mild at the striking features and intricate inside lives of plants.

In magnificent eco-friendly, Stefano Mancuso, a number one scientist and founding father of the sphere of plant neurobiology, provides a brand new paradigm in our realizing of the vegetal global. Combining a historic point of view with the most recent in plant technology, Mancuso argues that, because of cultural prejudices and human vanity, we proceed to underestimate vegetation. actually, they method details, sleep, take into account, and sign to each other -- displaying that, faraway from passive machines, vegetation are clever and conscious. via a survey of plant services from sight and contact to communique, Mancuso demanding situations our concept of intelligence, proposing a imaginative and prescient of flora that's extra subtle than so much imagine.

Plants have a lot to educate us, from community construction to options in robotics and man-made fabrics -- yet provided that we comprehend extra approximately how they dwell. half botany lesson, half manifesto, extraordinary eco-friendly is an interesting and passionate exam of the interior workings of the plant kingdom.

Financial aid for the interpretation of this booklet has been supplied through SEPS: Segretariato Europeo in line with Le Pubblicazioni Scientifiche.

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