By William Bryant Logan
The writer of Dirt and Oak brings to lifestyles this fastest, such a lot maintaining, such a lot communicative component of the earth.
Air sustains the dwelling. each creature breathes to dwell, changing and altering the ambience. Water and dirt spin and upward thrust, make clouds and fall back, fertilizing the airborne dirt and dust. Twenty thousand fungal spores and part one million micro organism commute in a sq. foot of summer season air. The chemical experience of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn’s know-how of its mother’s breast―all ensue within the medium of air.
lack of expertise of the air is expensive. The artist Eva Hesse died of breathing in her fiberglass medium. hundreds of thousands have been sickened after 11th of September through supposedly “safe” air. The African Sahel suffers drought partially simply because we fill the air with business dusts. With the passionate narrative type and wide-ranging erudition that experience made William Bryant Logan’s paintings a touchstone for nature fanatics and environmentalists, Air is―like the contents of a bag of seaborne dirt that Darwin amassed aboard the Beagle―a treasure trove of discovery. 25 illustrations
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The Air after 9/11 Spinning Weaving Vortices Ground Truth El Greco’s Clouds The Big Mistake The Forecasters The Weather on D-Day Forcing The Winds Firestorm Flying Dragged Aloft Saab in Flight The Common Crane Stall Practice The Bat, the Bee, the Bar-Headed Goose The Lee Wave The Wind Riders What Now? Telling The Wilderness of Pheromones Mother and Child Communion Allure The Atmosphere of the Beloved Zooming In Aphids in the Invisible World The Bolas Spider Calling What Is Sound? Parrot Duets The Answered Question Nothing in It but What Goes through It Enchanted Sonata Form and Chaos The Aeolian Harp Breathing The Tarpon’s Breath Fenchel’s Dance The Quantity of Breath Fogging the Mirror Shall These Bones Live?
Finally, I owe a great debt to my wife, Nora H. Logan, for her fine illustrations. It is lovely to see her enlivening work with pen and ink. In addition, she was a constant source of controversy and inspiration as I tried to talk with her about what I was writing. And many thanks to my daughter, Eliza Logan, who on short notice managed to track down and get permission for all the photographs in Air. I have certainly neglected to mention at least a few people, and I will be kicking myself about it.
The regions on and around the ITCZ are very wet. Most of the world’s rain forests lie in this zone. Here the globe’s warmest and wettest air rises, creating clouds as it cools and forming huge, successive rainstorms. Once the air is done rising, cooling, and dumping its load, it subsides again, both northward and southward, in the subtropical zones, creating very high pressure, little rain, and almost all of the world’s great deserts, including the Sahara and the Gobi. Throughout the dry Sahara and Sahel, small-scale dry convection—caused by heating of the ground—raises the dust into the troposphere, literally the “sphere of changes,” where all weather takes place.