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Describes volcanic eruptions, including their causes, prediction, and effects.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, Britain's ancient woodlands are not 'wildwoods', or even remnants of 'wildwood'. These truly cultural landscapes mix nature and human history, woven as uniquely rich tapestries of ecology and history. The story of the woods is there to be 'read' if you have time, enthusiasm, and this book, which will take you from prehistory to the present day.
Craig Heimbuch, urban dad, journalist, and editor-in-chief of manofthehouse.com offers readers a humorous exploration of hunting culture in And Now We Shall Do Manly Things. Outdoors enthusiasts, fans of A.J. Jacobs's The Know-It-All and the Bill Bryson classic, A Walk in the Woods will appreciate Heimbuch's aspirations to better understand the men in his family by immersing himself for one year in the manly art of hunting. A book that explores with great wit and open-hearted appreciation the ideal of traditional masculinity, And Now We Shall Do Manly Things demonstrates that it is possible to be both a hunter and a modern American man.
A turtle carved in rock on a bluff over the Hudson River by Indians long ago watches with sadness the changes man brings over the years.
True story: Two male penguins fell in love and became a couple. They followed all the egg rituals they saw around them but didn't get a baby. A zookeeper gave them another penguin's egg and they incubated it and raised it as their own baby. The story is wonderful. The authors' notes at the end give many more details of the true story. This is an excellent book for a book report.
Ant-sized Andrew together with his counsin, Judy and his robot Thudd are blown away in the Australian desert. In this desert they face many dangerous creatures as they find a way to get back to their Uncle Al.
Picking up where she left off in Where the Blind Horse Sings, Kathy Stevens regales us with more tales of the rescued animals at Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS), some touching, some hilarious, all provocative. We meet Barbie, the broiler hen found hiding under a blue Honda in Brooklyn who falls for the animal ambassador Rambo, a ram with an uncanny sense of what others need. Then there's Norma Rae, the turkey rescued from a "turkey bowl" just before Thanksgiving. There's also Noah, a twenty-one-year-old stallion, starved and locked in a dark stall for his entire life until he came to the safety and plenty of CAS. Claude, the giant pink free-range pig, is but another of the "underfoot family," those who roam the barnyard, free and with dignity, interacting with their own and other species in startling and profound ways. The love Stevens has for these animals, and the amount of love they give her in return, is stunning and will make any reader more thoughtful of how we treat a whole class of animals in this country. Pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, horses, goats, sheep, and more, march into CAS and into our hearts as we learn about their quirks and personalities and what makes us human.
A good book for children describing many types of animals and how their dads play a part of their lives, including the seahorse who actually gives birth to the little seahorse babies.
It's widely agreed that because animals feel pain we should not make them suffer gratuitously. Some ethical theories go even further: because of the capacities animals possess, they have a right not to be harmed or killed. Such views concern what not to do to animals, but we also face the question of what we should do to assist the ones that may be hungry or distressed. And if we do, say, feed a starving kitten, does this commit us to feeding wild animals suffering through a hard winter? In this controversial book, Clare Palmer claims that, with respect to assisting animals, what's owed to one animal is not necessarily owed to all, even if they share similar capacities. Context and relation are crucial ethical factors. If animals live independently in the wild, their fate is none of our moral business, but if humans create dependent animals, or destroy animals' habitats, we may have special obligations to assist. Such arguments are familiar in human cases-parents have special obligations to their children, for example, or some groups owe reparations to others they have harmed. Palmer develops such relational concerns in the context of wild animals, domesticated animals, and urban scavengers, arguing that different contexts create very different moral relationships.
Explores the amazing ways that different animals hibernate to survive the winter.
Philosophy reads humanity against animality, arguing that "man" is man because he is separate from beast. Deftly challenging this position, Kelly Oliver proves that, in fact, it is the animal that teaches us to be human. Through their sex, their habits, and our perception of their purpose, animals show us how not to be them. This kinship plays out in a number of ways. We sacrifice animals to establish human kinship, but without the animal, the bonds of "brotherhood" fall apart. Either kinship with animals is possible or kinship with humans is impossible. Philosophy holds that humans and animals are distinct, but in defending this position, the discipline depends on a discourse that relies on the animal for its very definition of the human. Through these and other examples, Oliver does more than just establish an animal ethics. She transforms ethics by showing how its very origin is dependent upon the animal. Examining for the first time the treatment of the animal in the work of Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Agamben, Freud, Lacan, and Kristeva, among others, Animal Lessons argues that the animal bites back, thereby reopening the question of the animal for philosophy.
Dragons, giants, sea serpents-these are the monsters of yesteryear, but they lived only in the imagination. People today still like to create monsters, but everyone knows they aren't real. Or are they? There are scary creatures in the world that may seem like monsters, and they can be very dangerous. But many "monsters" are less exciting and harmful than people would believe. The truth about these creatures-and some that live only in the human imagination-is in this book! The black widow spider has a scary name and a deadly reputation, but its bite is rarely fatal. "Killer bees" are honeybees which originally came from central and southern Africa and are not aggressive; however, they will defend themselves when threatened. Komodo dragons are real. They are the world's largest lizards and live only one place on earth. Up to forty feet long, it wriggles through the water like a giant eel, with tall red spines rising from its head. A sea serpent? No-a rarely-seen oarfish. While a mythical vampire may "suck your blood," a real vampire bat usually prefers lapping its dinner from a cow's neck. The reputations of these dangerous creatures - along with the others discussed in this book - begin to change as people understand them better. It's exciting to pretend, and to create scary monsters, but reading the truth about the real animals can be even more exciting. LAURENCE PRINGLE is known for his many fine books for young people on science and nature. He holds degrees in wildlife conservation from Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts, and for seven years he was an editor of Nature and Science, a children's science magazine published at the American Museum of Natural History. He has received awards from the National Wildlife Federation and the American Nature Study Society, and many of his books have been selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. About Animal Monsters, Mr. Pringle says, "I've encountered alligators, wolves, scorpions, and poisonous snakes in the wild, but I was harmed just once - when I backed into a cactus while taking photos of a rattlesnake in Arizona." He lives in West Nyack, New York.
Gary L. Francione is a law professor and leading philosopher of animal-rights theory. Robert Garner is a political theorist specializing in the philosophy and politics of animal protection. Francione maintains that we have no moral justification for using nonhumans, arguing that because animals are property-economic commodities-laws or industry practices requiring "humane" treatment will, as a general matter, fail to provide any meaningful level of protection. Garner favors a version of animal rights that focuses on eliminating animal suffering and adopts a protectionist approach, maintaining that, although the traditional animal-welfare ethic is philosophically flawed, it can contribute strategically to the achievement of animal-rights ends. As they spar, Francione and Garner deconstruct the animal-protection movement in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and elsewhere, discussing the practices of organizations such as PETA, which joins with McDonald's and other fast-food chains to "improve" the slaughter of animals. They also examine American and European laws and campaigns from both the rights and welfare perspectives, identifying weaknesses and strengths that give shape to future legislation and action.
A prominent and respected philosopher of animal rights law and ethical theory, Gary L. Francione is known for his criticism of animal welfare laws and regulations, his abolitionist theory of animal rights, and his promotion of veganism and nonviolence as the baseline principles of the abolitionist movement. In this collection, Francione advances the most radical theory of animal rights to date. Unlike Peter Singer, Francione maintains that we cannot morally justify using animals under any circumstances, and unlike Tom Regan, Francione's theory applies to all sentient beings, not only to those who have more sophisticated cognitive abilities.
When winter winds blow, people stay warm inside their homes. But what do animals do? Animals have many methods of coping with winter. Some simply sleep it out: They hibernate. Others make tracks for warmer climes: They migrate. Still other animals don't plan ahead at all and must get through whatever weather comes their way. Young animal lovers will be curious to discover what happens to their favorite creatures in winter. Presch-1
Many animals shelter and raise their young in burrows. Some spend a great deal of time in their burrows.
John McPhee describes a cross-section of North America and comes to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with. Completed in four stages under the collected title: Annals of the Former World. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Trees, flowers, ferns, and fruit-- Anna's joyous songs celebrate everything that grows. Delightful children's poetry with picture descriptions present.
Arranged like an encylopedia, Annuals discusses the variety, proper care and importance of growing annual plants.
Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. the average temperature is -58 degrees F. Brrr! That's why no one lives there. But there are lots of animals. Penguins, Walruses and Polar Bears are well adapted to the chilly climate. Learn more about this fascinating land of ice and snow in this informative book.
EARTH'S CONTINENTS lets you begin exploring Earth's seven continents. Learn about each continent's land, people, animals, and cultures just by turning the pages! Read all the books in the EARTH'S CONTINENTS series: Africa; Antarctica; Asia; Australia; Europe; North America; South America. Picture captions and descriptions present.
"What the hell do you want?" snarled Frogman at Raff Cody, as the boy stepped innocently onto the reputed murderer's property. Fifteen years old, Raff, along with his older cousin, Junior, had only wanted to catch a glimpse of Frogman's 1000-pound alligator. Thus, begins the saga of Anthill, which follows the thrilling adventures of a modern-day Huck Finn, whose improbable love of the "strange, beautiful, and elegant" world of ants ends up transforming his own life and the citizens of Nokobee County. Battling both snakes bites and cynical relatives who just don't understand his consuming fascination with the outdoors, Raff explores the pristine beauty of the Nokobee wildland. And in doing so, he witnesses the remarkable creation and destruction of four separate ant colonies, whose histories are epics that unfold on picnic grounds, becoming a young naturalist in the process. An extraordinary undergraduate at Florida State University, Raff, despite his scientific promise, opts for Harvard Law School, believing that the environmental fight must be waged in the courtroom as well as the lab. Returning home a legal gladiator, Raff grows increasingly alarmed by rapacious condo developers who are eager to pave and subdivide the wildlands surrounding the Chicobee River. But one last battle awaits him in his epic struggle. In a shattering ending that no reader will forget, Raff suddenly encounters the angry and corrupt ghosts of an old South he thought had all but disappeared, and learns that war is a genetic imperative, not only for ants but for men as well. Part thriller, part parable, Anthill will not only transfix readers with its stunning twists and startling revelations, but will provide readers with new insights into the meaning of survival in our rapidly changing world.
Questions and answers explore the world of social insects, with an emphasis on ants
Apocalypse Never maintains that the abolition of nuclear weapons is both essential and achievable, and reveals in fine detail what we need to do--both governments and movements--to make it a reality. Tad Daley insists that while global climate change poses the single greatest long-term peril to the human race, the nuclear challenge in its many incarnations--nuclear terror, nuclear accident, a nuclear crisis spinning out of control--poses the single most immediate peril. Daley has written a book for the general reader about this most crucial of contemporary challenges.
The latest entry in the Guides to Biomes of the World series from Greenwood Press focuses on arctic and alpine climate zones, also known as the tundra, and provides a detailed study of the hardiest flora and fauna on the planet. Quinn (California State U., Fresno) offers straightforward descriptions of each of these biomes, dividing the information between arctic, Antarctic, alpine and even tropical alpine biomes such as the Andes and the highest zones of Hawaiian volcanoes. Written primarily as a textbook for geography students, this book also features vivid color photographs from these regions.