Category «Nature Ecology»

Download Nature's Kindred Spirits: Aldo Leopold, Joseph Wood Krutch, by James I. McClintock PDF

By James I. McClintock

Aldo Leopold, Joseph wooden Krutch, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Gary Snyder - those writers have all recorded their encounters with nature. during this quantity, McClintock exhibits how their mystical reviews with the wild resulted in dramatic conversions of their pondering and behavior, and to their rejection of recent alienation and religious confusion. From Aldo Leopold, certainly one of America's most vital conservationists and writer of the vintage "A Sand County Almanac", to Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Dillard and Gary Snyder, and defenders of the wasteland, Joseph wooden Krutch and Edward Abbey, those writers percentage a typical imaginative and prescient that harks again to Henry David Thoreau and John Muir. To 19th-century Romantic beliefs, they upload the authority of recent ecological technology. jointly, they've got increased nature's significance in American tradition, shaping the expansion of the environmental stream and influencing American environmental guidelines. well-liked between knowledgeable readers yet particularly missed by means of the literary institution, those writers unite the genuine with the metaphysical, the standard with the sacred, the private with the general public, and the ordinary with the social. utilizing ecology as a touchstone, McClintock extra attracts connections between technological know-how, politics, faith and philosophy to create an enlightening review of the paintings of those "kindred spirits".

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Download Atlas of Igneous Rocks and Their Textures by W. S. MacKenzie PDF

By W. S. MacKenzie

Atlas of igneous rocks and their textures A spouse quantity to the Atlas of Rock-forming Minerals in skinny part, this full-colour instruction manual is designed for use as a laboratory guide either via undemanding scholars of earth sciences venture a examine of igneous rocks in skinny part less than the microscope, and by way of extra complicated scholars and lecturers as a reference paintings. The e-book is split into components — half One is dedicated to pictures of some of the universal textures present in igneous rocks with short descriptions accompanying each one picture. half illustrates the looks of examples of a few sixty of the most common (and a number of now not so universal) igneous rock varieties; each one photo is followed via a quick description of the sector of view proven. approximately three hundred full-colour images are incorporated, and in lots of situations an identical view is proven either in plane-polarized gentle and less than crossed polars. a quick account of ways skinny sections will be ready is integrated as an appendix. it really is believed that the novice geologist utilizing those directions might be capable of make his personal skinny sections and, as a result of a comparatively uncomplicated microscope, benefit from the learn of rocks in skinny part.

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Download Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark by Daniel Botkin PDF

By Daniel Botkin

Also known as America's nationwide epic of exploration, the 28-month Lewis and Clark day trip used to be definitely America's maximum odyssey. Commissioned in 1804 by means of Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark trigger at the maximum barren region journey ever recorded. starting in St. Louis, they navigated up the Missouri River and during the prairies, enduring a wintry weather with the Mandan Indians in North Dakota, attaining the summit of the Rocky Mountains after which following the Columbia River to their ultimate vacation spot, the Pacific Ocean. proficient in common heritage and within the tools of accumulating plant and animal samples, Lewis and Clark rigorously and meticulously recorded the stipulations of the rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, and natural world of pre-industrial the USA. Now, during this new version of Our typical background, Daniel B. Botkin, a unusual botanist and naturalist, re-creates the grand journey--taking us on an exhilarating ecological event again to the panorama of the good American West. In retracing their steps, Botkin finds what this western panorama truly seemed like and what kind of it has been replaced via glossy civilization and know-how. With clean perception, Botkin indicates us that from the explorers' observations, we will be able to examine a lot in regards to the surroundings of our previous, the environment at the present time, and what the environment could be sooner or later. Now with a brand new Afterword marking the 2 hundredth anniversary of the excursion, this well timed and thought-provoking ebook captures our mind's eye and stimulates our sentiment with classes approximately the environment and our position inside of it. Our normal heritage deals a beautiful and infrequent portrait of the rugged, attractive, disappearing wasteland of the yank West.

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Download Bringing outdoor science in : thrifty classroom lessons by Steve Rich PDF

By Steve Rich

While it s simply impossible to take scholars out to discover the flora and fauna, convey the flora and fauna to the study room. basically geared up and straightforward to take advantage of, this useful advisor includes greater than 50 technology classes in six devices: Greening the college, bugs, crops, Rocks and Soils, Water, and within the Sky. All classes contain ambitions, fabrics lists, methods, reproducible information sheets, principles for adapting to diverse grade degrees, dialogue questions, and subsequent steps. just about all the wanted fabrics are low-cost or maybe loose (such as leaves and rocks), and for those who do get the opportunity to enterprise open air, the teachings will paintings there, too. by utilizing Steve wealthy s follow-up to his renowned ebook open air technological know-how: a pragmatic advisor, you could introduce scholars to every little thing from computer virus zoos to the solar and stars with no ever desiring to drag on a jacket.

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Download Cognitive foundations of natural history: towards an by Scott Atran PDF

By Scott Atran

What's it approximately human nature that makes our species in a position to considering scientifically? encouraged through a debate among Noam Chomsky and Jean Piaget, Scott Atran lines the improvement of typical historical past from Aristotle to Darwin, and demonstrates how the technological know-how of vegetation and animals has emerged from the typical conceptions of folkbiology. the writer proceeds not just from the extra conventional philosophical, old or sociological views, yet from some degree of view he considers extra simple and essential to all of those: that of cognition.

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Download Wild Shore: Exploring Lake Superior by Kayak by Greg Breining PDF

By Greg Breining

Travel/Sports a real tale of event and a two-year quest to navigate the best of the good Lakes. "One day, I paddled a sea kayak. All swish strains and curves, the hull carved the water with slightly a whisper and became on the contact of a paddle. How does it suppose to shuttle days on finish with out mounted time table? What occurs in your experience of distance whilst each mile is earned through 1000 strokes of the paddle? A plan started to shape as I imagined paddling on and on, by no means having to show back." Lake Superior's windswept rock, transparent water, and wooded beaches make it some of the most attractive landscapes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ontario. Over years, sportsman, author, and global vacationer Greg Breining got down to circle this nice lake by means of kayak, a method of go back and forth that allowed him to go to the lake's areas of infrequent attractiveness and solitude, event its wildly diversified moods, and notice its distant old websites and remoted groups. Wild Shore is a story of outside event, abnormal characters, funny tales, and quiet mirrored image. Wild Shore is usually a narrative of the lads and ladies who've lived alongside Lake Superior's beaches because the Ice Age. An avid historical past buff, Breining follows the routes of the Ojibwe and the voyageurs. He explores the combo of cultures that created the Lake stronger quarter we all know this day. He visits the scientist who experiences the final surviving forest caribou herd at the improved shore, explores the riddle of the lake's mysterious "Pukaskwa pits," and meets the Ojibwe Coast shield captain who tried to save lots of the ill-fated cruise send Grampa Woo. Illustrated all through with the author's amazing photos, Wild Shore could be a welcome e-book to people who love the great thing about Lake stronger, to adventurers, and to armchair tourists far and wide. Greg Breining is the writer of many books, together with Minnesota (1997) and go back of the Eagle (1994). His writing has additionally seemed in activities Illustrated, Audubon, overseas natural world, and Minnesota per thirty days. he's the dealing with editor of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer and lives in St. Paul. Translation Inquiries: college of Minnesota Press

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Download Petrography of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks by Anthony R. Philpotts PDF

By Anthony R. Philpotts

This finished laboratory handbook teaches scholars taking their first direction in petrography the concepts of describing and classifying rocks in addition to tips on how to follow these innovations to universal igneous and metamorphic rocks. crucial gains comprise: an inventory of universal minerals with their most crucial distinguishing optical homes; over 200 illustrations detailing the relation among optics and crystal morphology; an accompanying CD-ROM with colour slides illustrating rock-forming minerals and the textures of rocks, many with textual content and audio annotations through the writer; descriptions of the textures and constructions of igneous and metamorphic rocks; crucial houses of all of the minerals compiled in an easy-to-access, full-color desk; and a chart for identifying the approximate modal (volume) percent of minerals in rocks. The class of igneous rocks utilized in the ebook is the single proposed via the foreign Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Subcommission of the Systematics of Igneous Rocks. a listing of frequent rock names--many no longer a part of the IUGS classification--is keyed to this type. additionally, the commonly used Irvine- Baragar type of volcanic rocks is incorporated. Dr. Philpotts has prepared a large number of details to be simply and quickly available. He offers scholars with a concrete beginning, giving them event and self belief as they come across the sector of petrography.

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