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"In this simple guide, David Levy inspires readers to experience the wonder of eclipses and other transient astronomical events for themselves. Covering both solar and lunar eclipses, he gives step-by-step instructions on how to observe and photograph eclipses. As well as explaining the science behind eclipses, the book also gives their historical background, discussing how they were observed in the past and what we have learned from them. This personal account contains examples from the 77 eclipses the author has witnessed himself. The guide also includes chapters on occultations of stars and planets by the Moon and of asteroids by stars, and the transits of Mercury and Venus. Tables of future eclipses make this invaluable for anyone, from beginners to practised observers, wanting to learn more about these fascinating events"--
In this revised and expanded edition of his collected writings, David Suzuki continues to explore the themes that have informed his work for more than four decades - the interconnectedness of all things, our misguided elevation of economics above all else, the urgent need to deal with climate change - but with an increased emphasis on solutions to the myriad problems we face, his inspiring vision for the future, and the legacy he hopes to leave behind. There is also more emphasis on the personal, as he recounts episodes from his childhood and early adulthood and speaks eloquently about old age, death, and the abiding role of nature and family in his life. Written with clarity, passion, and wisdom, this book is essential for anyone who is an admirer of David Suzuki, who wants to understand what science can and can't do, or who wants to make a difference.
David Suzuki's collected writings on science, nature, technology, economics, politics, and the connectedness of all things. The David Suzuki Reader brings together for the first time the scientific and philosophical thought of North America's leading environmentalist. Drawing from Suzuki's published and unpublished writings, this collection reveals the underlying themes that have informed his work for over four decades. In these incisive and provocative essays, Suzuki explores the limits of knowledge and the connectedness of all things; looks unflinchingly at the destructive forces of globalization, political shortsightedness, and greed; cautions against blind faith in science, technology, politics, and economics; and provides inspiring examples of how and where to make those changes that will matter to all of us and to future generations. He also offers a vision of hope based on our love of children and nature. In this time of global unrest and uncertainty, Suzuki provides an important reminder of how we are all connected and of what really matters. Written with clarity, passion, and wisdom, this book is essential reading for anyone who is an admirer of David Suzuki, who wants to understand what science can and can't do, or who wants to make a difference.
Everyone knows that the planet is in trouble, but is there a solution? This timely book identifies the most effective ways individuals can be more green in four key areas: home, travel, food, and consumerism. It also describes how citizens can ensure that governments take the actions necessary to make sustainable lifestyles the norm instead of the exception. Environmental lawyer David Boyd and celebrated ecologist David Suzuki provide vital tips for choosing a home, creating a healthy indoor environment, and decreasing energy and water use - and utility bills. They discuss what readers can do to drive and fly less, profile the most environmentally friendly transportation choices, and explain how to purchase carbon credits, among other suggestions. In addition, they offer simple changes individuals can make in their diet to eat fresher, tastier, healthier food. Included too is invaluable advice about how to buy fewer things and avoid toxic consumer products.
Short story collection by famous authors such as D. H. Lawrence, Booth Tarkington, O. Henry, Albert Payson Terhune, Don Marquis and Max Brand, as well as less well-known. Stories show their times with some being violent and Definitely Not pc. Not for the tender hearted with the exception of 4 or so.
A celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalist explores a year of dawns in her most personal book to date. In an eye-opening sequence of personal meditations through the cycle of seasons, Diane Ackerman awakens us to the world at dawn--drawing on sources as diverse as meteorology, world religion, etymology, art history, poetry, organic farming, and beekeeping. As a patient and learned observer of animal and human physiology and behavior, she introduces us to varieties of bird music and other signs of avian intelligence, while she herself "migrates" from winter in Florida to spring, summer, and fall in upstate New York. Humans might luxuriate in the idea of being "in" nature, Ackerman points out, but we often forget that we are nature--for "no facet of nature is as unlikely as we, the tiny bipeds with the giant dreams." Joining science's devotion to detail with religion's appreciation of the sublime, Dawn Light is an impassioned celebration of the miracles of evolution--especially human consciousness of our numbered days on a turning earth.
Located in the heart of England's Lake District, Thirlmere, with its placid sheen, surrounding evergreens, and apparent lack of pollution or development, seems to epitomize the unadulterated bucolic ideal. But under its calm surface lurks the enduring legacy of a nineteenth-century conflict that pitted industrial progress against natural conservation--and helped launch the environmental movement as we know it. Purchased by the city of Manchester in the 1870s, Thirlmere was dammed and converted into a reservoir, its water piped 100 miles south to the burgeoning industrial city and its workforce. This feat of civil engineering--and of natural resource diversion--inspired one of the first environmental struggles of modern times. The Dawn of Green recreates the battle for Thirlmere and the clashes between conservationists who wished to preserve the lake and developers eager to supply the needs of industry and a growing urban population. Bringing to vivid life the colorful and strong-minded characters who populated both sides of the debate, noted historian Harriet Ritvo revisits notions of the natural promulgated by Romantic poets, recreationists, resource managers, and industrial developers to establish Thirlmere as the template for subsequent--and continuing--environmental struggles. A century after Thirlmere, the demand for water and the control of water rights are among the most pressing political, humanitarian,and environmental concerns of our time. By investigating Victorian ideas about industry, development, and technology, Ritvo shows how the lessons learned in the Lake District can inform and guide modern environmental and conservation campaigns.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park is the largest desert park in the United States, drawing approximately 650,000 visitors per year. Combining detailed narrative with GPS-based trail maps, Day and Overnight Hikes: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park breaks down the best of the best hikes, both day and overnight. Whether it's the best view over Culp Valley, a walk through Hellhole Canyon, or a flat walk through hills and dales near the Salton Sea, Day and Overnight Hikes is the definitive go-to guide to enjoy the largest desert park in the United States, just an hour's drive from San Diego.
With 500,000 acres of land, it's hard to know where to start in this majestic national park. This fully updated edition of the popular guide eases the process for novice and veteran hikers alike. Comprehensive and compact, the book profiles 31 day-hikes, both one-way and loop, and 10 overnight hikes. Each profile includes a detailed description, maps and trailhead directions, and a trail summary that rates the difficulty, solitude, and scenery of each hike while outlining significant sites along the way. Destinations include the Little Greenbrier Trail to Walker Sisters Place, one of the last working pioneer homesteads in the Smokies, and the remote and stunning Hyatt Ridge Loop. Easily carried in a backpack, this book has hikes suitable for anyone who prefers vacationing on the trail rather than behind another car.
This book details the 282 miles of Kentucky's master path, the Sheltowee Trace, from the trail's southern terminus in Tennessee's Pickett State Park, north through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and on through the length of the Daniel Boone National Forest nearly to the state of Ohio.
Palm Springs has long been known by Los Angeles residents for its beautiful hiking trails. With the Joshua Tree National Monument to the east, the San Bernardino National Forest north and south, and the Pacific Crest Trail not far away, this area is rife with wonderful outdoor opportunities. This book collects each of them and offers detailed ratings and maps for use out on the trail, providing an invaluable resource for hikers of all levels.
Rocky Mountain National Park is the living showcase of the grandeur of the Rockies, with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the valleys to 14,259 feet at the top of Longs Peak. Choosing the best day and overnight hikes from the 359 miles of hiking trails and 200 backcountry sites is a major task. First-time, novice, and seasoned hikers hit the trail faster with this practical illustrated guide. Whether looking to watch the elk rut in autumn, the summer blooms on the hillside, the thundering falls in spring, or the white-blanketed calm of the forest in winter, readers can find everything they need here. From Grand Lake in the west to Estes Park in the east, this guide covers the park with original GPS-based trail maps, detailed trail descriptions, overnight camping recommendations, trail guides suitable for different experience levels, and more.
Central Arizona's most popular forest area houses six separate ecosystems, and much of it can only be seen on foot. Hikers have long known about the natural wonders that exist here, and this guide corrals all of the best hikes - no small task, since there are over 900 miles of trails in the park. Offering detailed descriptions of each hike, along with practical, need-to-know logistical information, this guide demystifies a truly enormous and beautiful stretch of wilderness.
The heart and soul of wild, wonderful West Virginia, the mighty Monongahela National Forest is within a day's drive of one-third of the population of the United States. The best way to see and experience the stately forests and pristine waterfalls is by foot. Day and Overnight Hikes: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest will guide visitors the entire way while exploring this national treasure.
The John Muir Trail runs a spectacular 211 miles from Yosemite Valley to the foot of Mount Whitney, crossing through Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks, the Inyo National Forest, and the Devils Postpile National Monument. This guide has descriptions for six day hikes, five overnight hikes, and the entire trail in six sections, and includes transit and lodging information, altitude profiles, a GPS-based trail map, and ratings for scenery, trail condition, difficulty, accessibility for children, and solitude.
The Pacific Crest Trail was designated as one of the first National Scenic Trails way back in 1968. As it traverses the "high road" from Mexico to Canada, incredible views are not only commonplace but also uniquely diverse, because the trail connects six of North America's seven eco-zones. The PCT's familiar, well-worn path is a special place for hikers from all walks of life on walks of all lengths and for all reasons.Instead of guiding you through the arduous task of hiking the entire PCT, the goal of this book is to help you plan trips that incorporate hiking on the PCT in Oregon, whether you have just an afternoon to spare or you want to escape for the entire weekend.Carefully edited maps and elevation graphs generated with GPS data collected by the author on the trail will help make your trip a success.This cargo-pocket guide offers author-tested advice to help you make the most of your time away from civilization, however long (or short) that stretch may be.
The Pacific Crest Trail was designated as one of the first National Scenic Trails way back in 1968. As it traverses the "high road" from Mexico to Canada, incredible views are not only commonplace but also uniquely diverse, because the trail connects six of North America's seven eco-zones. The PCT's familiar, well-worn path is a special place for hikers from all walks of life on walks of all lengths and for all reasons.Instead of guiding you through the arduous task of hiking the entire PCT, the goal of this book is to help you plan trips that incorporate hiking on the PCT in Southern California, whether you have just an afternoon to spare or you want to escape for the entire weekend.Carefully edited maps and elevation graphs generated with GPS data collected by the author on the trail will help make your trip a success.This cargo-pocket guide offers author-tested advice to help you make the most of your time away from civilization, however long (or short) that stretch may be.
In this tale, Caillou, Mommy, and Daddy visit Uncle Felix's farm. Caillou learns what it takes to keep the farm going as he feeds the sheep, gathers the hens' eggs, and gives hay to the cows. Full color.
Nancy and Tim and their dog spend the day at the seashore with many activities.
A guide written just for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights back at home. DAY HIKE! uncovers the best trails for the day tripper, whether you're a newbie hiker or a veteran with hundreds of miles on your boots. Northwest trail expert Mike McQuaide leads us to more than 60 of the best day hike trails in the Central Cascades from the Olallie Lake Scenic Area and Mount Jefferson Wilderness in the north to the Mount Thielsen Wilderness in the south. Day Hike! Central Cascades describes classic routes--from easy to moderate to extreme--giving hikers the choices they want. Entertaining, accurate, and contemporary writing make this guide the one to keep near the water bottles.
Discover the best trails for day hiking in Washington State's Central Cascades. Now updated and redesigned with full-color photography, the Day Hike! series was written for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights at home. From Snoqualmie Pass to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness to Stevens Pass, the 69 incredible hikes in this popular guidebook feature the lush forests, mountain vistas, waterfalls, and alpine meadows unique to Washington State. Each trail is rated from easy to extreme, giving first-time or veteran hikers the variety they want, as well as topographical maps, trail descriptions, and more.rview of all hikes in each book's introductory pages. For those of us who like to cherry-pick trails, ratings simplify our task." --Seattle Times"The presentation of basic facts (distance, elevation gain, maps, permits, etc.) is excellent and easy to follow. In addition to helpful topographical maps, the guides feature elevation profiles--an inspired addition!" --The Olympian
The Columbia Gorge is one of the most traveled outdoor locations in the Pacific Northwest, and preeminent hiking expert Seabury Blair Jr. guides hikers through some of the most picturesque scenes on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia River. With sixty-five featured trails no more than two hours from Portland, this updated edition of the popular hiking guide is the perfect match for hikers wanting to spend days in the mountains and nights at home. Each trail listing includes distance, estimated hiking time, elevation gain, best season, map references, access, permit requirements, and more, including best options for families and pets. Each hike is accompanied by photos depicting the scenery; hikers can choose to gaze at waterfalls or meander through the lush forests. Seabury Blair Jr. is the author of Creaky Knees Guides to Washington and Oregon, and Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula. He lives in Spokane, WA.
A guide written just for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights back at home. Day Hike! uncovers the best trails for the day tripper, whether you're a newbie hiker or a veteran with hundreds of miles on your boots. Northwest outdoors expert and Seattle Times's Trail Mix columnist Ron Judd reviews more than 50 of the best day hike trails in the Mount Rainier National Park, from Paradise and Sunrise to the lower foothills. Day Hike! Mount Rainier describes classic routes--from easy to moderate to extreme--giving hikers the choices they want. Entertaining, accurate, and contemporary writing make this guide the one to keep near the water bottles.
Discover the 51 best trails for day hiking around Mount Rainier National Park. This guidebook is the perfect companion for hikers wanting to explore the best views and destinations in and around the national park by day, and spend peaceful evenings at home. Each trail is rated, and range from easy to moderate to extreme, giving newbie hikers or veterans with hundreds of miles on their boots the choices they want. The relaunch of this popular series now includes full-color photographs of every hike in addition to topographical maps, trail descriptions, and more.les.
A guide written just for people who want to spend their days in the mountains and their nights back at home. DAY HIKE! uncovers the best trails for the day tripper, whether you're a newbie hiker or a veteran with hundreds of miles on your boots. Northwest trail expert Mike McQuaide leads us to 60 of the best day hike trails in the North Cascades from Rockport to the Canadian border, Bellingham to Twisp. Day Hike! North Cascades describes classic routes--from easy to moderate to extreme--giving hikers the choices they want. Entertaining, accurate, and contemporary writing make this guide the one to keep near the water bottles.
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