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This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree.
A naturalist and explorer finds water holes, storms, floods and fascinating life forms in the Arizona desert and Grand Canyon.
Chapter after chapter relates a multitude of discoveries from plant research around the world that demonstrate how plants grow, metabolize, and communicate not only within their own structure, but with all other life forms. Some researchers have used polygraph instruments connected to leaf surfaces to observe responses through electro-magnetic activity to various stimuli such as: raucous, loud music compared with mellow, harmonious music. The results are always the same: plants react favorably to mellow music while continuous raucous sounds can actually kill them. Even more amazingly, perhaps, is that plants accurately react to good or bad thoughts directed at them or other biological life forms and even at great distances.
Masaru Emoto's photography and spiritual thinking has enabled us to understand more clearly how our actions effect our environment. His insight into water has reached millions of adults around the world and now, with his first book aimed at children, a younger audience can receive his message and help to lead the world toward healing and progress. This comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide to his theories is attractively packaged for children so they too can learn about the power and hidden messages in water.
Once again, noted author Cris Peterson brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest, and renewal. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a small corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air, with roots extending over six feet into the ground. The book also discusses the makeup of soil and the amazing creatures who live there--from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas, and earthworms.
The companion volume to the most comprehensive of the Smithsonian's Quincentenary programs, the National Museum of Natural History's' "Seeds of Change" exhibition (October 1991 through April 1993). Informed, accessible, and beautifully illustrated, the volume traces the sometimes deliberate, sometimes unintentional exchanges of plants, animals, culture, and diseases between the Old and New Worlds over the course of 500 years since Columbus' voyages, focusing on five "seeds"--sugar, corn, the potato, disease, and the horse.
In the sixteenth century, Walnut is a Native American boy who discovers that he does not see as well as others do. He develops his other senses to earn both the respect of his people and his adult name, "Sees Behind Trees." He then accompanies an elder warrior to find the mysterious "land of water."
A revelatory exploration of nature's magnificent patterns and forms--and of their origins in simple physical law.
Scientist, humanist, optimist, the late Jacob Bronowski in these essays explores the singularity of humankind, the essence of science, and the idea of a life force antecedent to nature.
[from the back cover] "LESLIE NORRIS'S eleventh collection of poetry, Sequences, brings together some of his strongest and most eloquent recent work. Norris's poetry is marked by a keen eye for the natural world and with rich, pleasing music. It is by turns celebratory and elegaic, now praising nature's complexities, now mourning our transitory place in the world. Two long poems frame this book, one set in North America (seen from the eye of a hawk), the other in the author's native Wales. Norris's topography is simultaneously vital and magical. It is destined to find a secure place in our literature. Leslie Norris's many books include Walking the White Fields: Poems 1967-80, two collections of stories, Sliding and The Girl from Cardigan (also published by Gibbs M. Smith, Inc.), a study of Dylan Thomas, and Norris's Ark, a selection of his children's verse. A frequent contributor to the Atlantic and the New Yorker, he has taught at a number of universities in England and America."
Introduces the major ideas of chaos theory. Shows how they can be used metaphorically in day to day living.
This book captures the bizarre and befuddling aspects of the behavior of animals, plants, and microbes.
After forming an intense bond with Natasha, a wolf cub she raised as part of her undergraduate research, Renée Askins was inspired to found the Wolf Fund. As head of this grassroots organization, she made it her goal to restore wolves to Yellowstone National Park, where they had been eradicated by man over seventy years before. Here, Askins recounts her courageous fifteen-year campaign, wrangling along the way with Western ranchers and their political allies in Washington, enduring death threats, and surviving the anguish of illegal wolf slayings to ensure that her dream of restoring Yellowstone's ecological balance would one day be realized. Told in powerful, first-person narrative, Shadow Mountain is the awe-inspiring story of her mission and her impassioned meditation on our connection to the wild.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Jim Reardon: "Shortly after 1900, Klondike gold rusher James S. Huntington wandered down the Yukon River, where he met and married Anna, a Koyukon daughter of the land. Their son Sidney has now lived for three-quarters of a century in the Koyukuk country where he was born. His life's story is a fascinating slice of Alaskan history. Sidney grew up in a subarctic wildland of birchbark canoes, dog teams, trappers, gold miners, and Koyukon Indians. He continues to live in essentially the same culture, now modernized with snow machines, bush planes, and satellite TV. He is a product of the land, who thoroughly knows his region, the animals, and the people who live there. The memories he shares in this book bring alive a way of life that is gone forever, for as a teenager and young man he lived primarily off the land; his interest in traditional Koyukon tales provides an intriguing peek into Koyukon Indian prehistory. In addition to leading an incredibly adventurous life, Huntington is a special kind of person. His is a bootstraps-up, inspirational success story of survival. Despite this, Sidney has always found time to help others-a trait that in recent years has brought him statewide respect and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska. Long before he received that degree, I regarded Sidney as holding a doctorate in life, for he is self-educated, with knowledge that extends far beyond the horizons of Alaska's Koyukuk country." Note to parents: a few hells and damns pepper the dialogue in this book.
Imagine it is the middle of the night and you are fast asleep in bed. Suddenly you are jolted awake. Your heart races. The walls and floor are shaking. The bed is lifting into the air. Furniture is sliding. The glass in your window cracks and splinters. Your ears are deafened by crashes and bangs. The ground continues to shake. Outside, buildings crumble and roads split open. Bridges collapse and railway lines buckle. Gas and water pipes burst. There is no electricity and the phones are dead. Fires break out. Thick, black smoke makes it difficult to see and hard to breathe. What is happening? You are in the middle of an earthquake.
This book explores the social, economic, and ecological transformation of the Sierra Nevada over the past three decades. Duane emphasizes the need for a new approach to land use planning, resource management, and local economic development.
Sharkie the shark, although frightened at everything finds his courage by helping another out of a jam. Very good for very young children.
From the Book Jacket: There are some 375 recognised species of sharks around the world, with exciting discoveries of new species every year. Like so many creatures of the underwater world, researchers are only just beginning to understand sharks and their life in a delicate marine habitat. SHARKS explores the changing times of these often misunderstood creatures. Popularly described as 'killers' and 'primitive', recent research reveals that they are rarely dangerous to humans and that they have evolved into sophisticated hunters, with unique adaptations to sustain them as top marine predators. Despite their resilience, sharks have not yet developed a protection against unnatural pressures from mankind. Fishing, sporting interests and pollution now account for the death of some 100 million sharks every year. Clearly, swift and far-reaching conservation measures are necessary to secure the healthy future of sharks, and the priceless balance of their marine environment. Discover the world's most-loved animals in the Worldlife Library by Voyageur Press. This highly acclaimed series brings you the latest research and the personal experiences of international authorities and leading naturalists.
The bus ride to Shell Beach was long. Rain beat on the glass by our side. We could not see past the gray haze.
In this book Peter Lindert evaluates environmental concerns about soil degradation in two very large countries--China and Indonesia--where anecdotal evidence has suggested serious problems. Lindert does what no scholar before him has done: using new archival data sets, he measures changes in soil productivity over long enough periods of time to reveal the influence of human activity. China and Indonesia are good test cases because of their geography and history. China has been at the center of global concerns about desertification and water erosion, which it may have accelerated with intense agriculture. Most of Indonesia¹s lands were created by volcanoes and erosion, and its rapid deforestation and shifting slash-burn agriculture have been singled out for international censure. Lindert's investigation suggests that human mismanagement is not on average worsening the soil quality in China and Indonesia. Human cultivation lowers soil nitrogen and organic matter, but has offsetting positive effects. Economic development and rising incomes may even lead to better soil. Beyond the importance of Lindert's immediate findings, this book opens a new area of study--quantitative soil history--and raises the standard for debating soil trends.
"Taking the mid-life crisis to the limit-as mail-order adventure/ travel fantasies meet reality head-on in a tale of lost luggage, frayed nerves, rainforest slime, leeches, female trouble, wounded warriors and thundering rapids. The book is a poignant and entertaining memoir of a woman's wild ride into the uncharted realms of middle age while descending the Boh River of central Borneo. A captivating and truly off-beat rite of passage." -Eric Hansen The adventure begins when Ms. Johnston learns that her duffel bag--her Boh River survival gear--did not leave L.A. The adventure ends ... well, you'll have to read this spellbinding book!
This anthology gathers a wide assortment of articles, letters, and journal entries all related to life along the New Jersey shore. Included are pieces by such well-known writers as Robert Louis Stevenson, Walt Whitman, and Stephen Crane, and ordinary vacationers. Arranged chronologically, the writings trace the long history of the shore as a lure to visitors, and the changes that intensive human use have brought about.
Topics include what a Siamese is, what they look like and how to care for a pet cat.
Describes this dog of the far North including its physical characteristics, its use for pulling sleds, the development of the breed, its value as a companion, and its required needs.
Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, this landmark book includes authoritative texts by 48 expert birders and biologists.