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An Ocean of Air

An Ocean of Air

A Natural History of the Atmosphere

  • Author: Gabrielle Walker
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1408807130
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 336
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In 1960 Captain Joseph Kittinger fell to earth from the edge of space and survived. He stepped from the basket of a gigantic helium balloon into an appalling, hostile environment which, without the protection of a pressure suit, would have simultaneously frozen his body and boiled away his blood. And yet it is the air that Kittinger fell through that makes our lives on earth possible. We not only live in the air, we live because of it. And air is about much more than just breathing. At ground level air transforms miraculously into solid food, and without it every creature on earth would starve; it wraps our planet in a blanket of warmth; radio signals bounce off a floating mirror of metal in the air to travel round the world; and the outer layer of our atmosphere soaks up flares from the sun more violent than all the world's nuclear warheads put together. Gabrielle Walker traces a journey of groundbreaking scientific discovery, from the Italian Renaissance scientist Torricelli, disciple of Galileo, who realised that we live at the bottom of a dense ocean of air, to the West Virginian farmhand William Ferrel, who unlocked the secrets of the trade winds by making calculations with a pitchfork on the back of a barn door. Then there is the hapless 1920s inventor Thomas Midgley, who when trying to solve a refrigeration problem inadvertently created chemicals that punched a hole in the sky, and the extraordinary American discovery at the height of the Cold War that space itself is radioactive. An Ocean of Air is a triumphant celebration of the fragile complexity of Earth's atmosphere and a completely engaging work of popular science.

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

A Scientific History of Air, Weather, and Climate

  • Author: Michael Allaby
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing
  • ISBN: 0816060983
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 242
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Presents a history of atmospheric studies, discussing such topics as the study of air, water, and gases throughout the ages, the classification of climates, the development of weather maps and forecasting, and the discovery and theory of the ice ages.

The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge

The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Almanacs, American
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A History of Atmospheric CO2 and Its Effects on Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems

A History of Atmospheric CO2 and Its Effects on Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems

  • Author: James R. Ehleringer,Thure E. Cerling,M. Denise Dearing
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9780387220697
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 530
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Trees, CO2 concentration, climate change, herbivores, temperature.

A Catechism of Zoology. A natural history of the animal kingdom

A Catechism of Zoology. A natural history of the animal kingdom

  • Author: William RHIND (M.R.C.S.)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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18 Miles

18 Miles

The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather

  • Author: Christopher Dewdney
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • ISBN: 1773052233
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 320
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From the bestselling author of Acquainted with the Night comes a brilliant and witty look at our favourite topic — weather We live at the bottom of an ocean of air — 5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth’s atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer — 99 percent contained within 18 miles. Yet, within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm — at once gorgeous, terrifying, capricious, and elusive. With his keen eye for identifying and uniting seemingly unrelated events, Chris Dewdney reveals to us the invisible rivers in the sky that affect how our weather works and the structure of clouds and storms and seasons, the rollercoaster of climate. Dewdney details the history of weather forecasting and introduces us to the eccentric and determined pioneers of science and observation whose efforts gave us the understanding of weather we have today. 18 Miles is a kaleidoscopic and fact-filled journey that uncovers our obsession with the atmosphere and weather — as both evocative metaphor and physical reality. From the roaring winds of Katrina to Palladio’s architectural triumph, La Rotonda, Dewdney entertains as he gives readers a long overdue look at the very air we breathe.

The Natural History of Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals

The Natural History of Animals, Vegetables, and Minerals

With the Theory of the Earth in General

  • Author: Georges Louis Leclerc comte de Buffon
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Natural history
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A History of Environmental Politics Since 1945

A History of Environmental Politics Since 1945

  • Author: Samuel P. Hays
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • ISBN: 9780822972242
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 256
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An overview of contemporary environmental affairs, from 1940s to the present—with an emphasis on nature in an urbanized society, land developments, environmental technology, the structure of environmental politics, environmental opposition, and the results of environmental policy.

Natural History of the White-Inyo Range, Eastern California

Natural History of the White-Inyo Range, Eastern California

  • Author: Clarence A. Hall
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520068964
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 536
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The White-Inyo Range--rising sharply from the eastern edge of Owens Valley--is one of the most extraordinary landscapes in the world. High, dry, and amazingly diverse, it boasts an expansive alpine tundra and features the oldest living species on earth--the 4,000-year-old Bristlecone Pines. This colorful and authoritative volume assembles a wealth of information of deep interest to the hikers and scientists attracted to White-Inyo's altitude and isolation. The nearly two dozen contributors to the volume are leading experts on the flora and fauna, the geology, geomorphology, meteorology, anthropology, and archaeology of the area. The book offers descriptions of more than 650 kinds of living organisms, from the handful of fish to the abundance of reptile, amphibian, bird and plant species. (It provides descriptions of hundreds of flowering plants.) It contains an 8-color geologic map and a roadside guide that enables the visitor to make sense of the area's complex geological history. Readers will also learn about air currents that make the range a delight for sailplane pilots and create strange cloud formations. And a special chapter tells what is known of the Native Americans who moved up and down the mountain slopes in response to seasonal changes. For anyone who wishes to visit this astonishing area or to do research there, this volume will be a unique, comprehensive resource. The White-Inyo Range--rising sharply from the eastern edge of Owens Valley--is one of the most extraordinary landscapes in the world. High, dry, and amazingly diverse, it boasts an expansive alpine tundra and features the oldest living species on earth--the 4,000-year-old Bristlecone Pines. This colorful and authoritative volume assembles a wealth of information of deep interest to the hikers and scientists attracted to White-Inyo's altitude and isolation. The nearly two dozen contributors to the volume are leading experts on the flora and fauna, the geology, geomorphology, meteorology, anthropology, and archaeology of the area. The book offers descriptions of more than 650 kinds of living organisms, from the handful of fish to the abundance of reptile, amphibian, bird and plant species. (It provides descriptions of hundreds of flowering plants.) It contains an 8-color geologic map and a roadside guide that enables the visitor to make sense of the area's complex geological history. Readers will also learn about air currents that make the range a delight for sailplane pilots and create strange cloud formations. And a special chapter tells what is known of the Native Americans who moved up and down the mountain slopes in response to seasonal changes. For anyone who wishes to visit this astonishing area or to do research there, this volume will be a unique, comprehensive resource.

Interaction Between the Atmosphere and the Oceans

Interaction Between the Atmosphere and the Oceans

Report to the Committee on Atmospheric Sciences and the Committee on Oceanography

  • Author: National Research Council (U.S.). Joint Panel on Air-Sea Interaction
  • Publisher: National Academies
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Atmosphere
  • Page: 43
  • View: 4715
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Introduction to a natural system of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medicine; to which is added a general view of natural history. By the author of Kalogynomia [T. Bell. Edited by T. L.]

Introduction to a natural system of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medicine; to which is added a general view of natural history. By the author of Kalogynomia [T. Bell. Edited by T. L.]

  • Author: Thomas LITTLE (of the Opera Colonnade.)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Lexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal English Dictionary Of Arts And Sciences

Lexicon Technicum: Or, An Universal English Dictionary Of Arts And Sciences

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art, But the Arts Themselves

  • Author: John Harris
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 960
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Basic Physical Chemistry for the Atmospheric Sciences

Basic Physical Chemistry for the Atmospheric Sciences

  • Author: Peter V. Hobbs,Peter Victor Hobbs
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521785679
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 209
  • View: 2929
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Revised and updated in 2000, Basic Physical Chemistry for the Atmospheric Sciences provides a clear, concise grounding in the basic chemical principles required for studies of atmospheres, oceans, and earth and planetary systems. Undergraduate and graduate students with little formal training in chemistry can work through the chapters and the numerous exercises within this book before accessing the standard texts in the atmospheric chemistry, geochemistry, and the environmental sciences. The book covers the fundamental concepts of chemical equilibria, chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, solution chemistry, acid and base chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions, and photochemistry. In a companion volume entitled Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry (2000, Cambridge University Press) Peter Hobbs provides an introduction to atmospheric chemistry itself, including its applications to air pollution, acid rain, the ozone hole, and climate change. Together these two books provide an ideal introduction to atmospheric chemistry for a variety of disciplines.

The Monthly Review Or Literary Journal Enlarged

The Monthly Review Or Literary Journal Enlarged

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Lectures in Astrobiology

Lectures in Astrobiology

Vol I : Part 2: From Prebiotic Chemistry to the Origin of Life on Earth

  • Author: Bernard Barbier,Hervé Martin,Jacques Reisse
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9783540290049
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 384
  • View: 7614
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This is the second of a divided two-part softcover edition of the "Lectures in Astrobiology Volume I" containing the sections "General Introduction", "From Prebiotic Chemistry to the Origin of Life on Earth" and "Appendices" including an extensive glossary on Astrobiology. "Lectures in Astrobiology" is the first comprehensive textbook at graduate level encompassing all aspects of the emerging field of astrobiology. Volume I of the Lectures in Astrobiology gathers a first set of extensive lectures that cover a broad range of topics, from the formation of solar systems to the quest for the most primitive life forms that emerged on the Early Earth.

Ice Ages of the Future

Ice Ages of the Future

  • Author: Paul Stein
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780823934157
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 64
  • View: 3521
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Looks at the origins of previous ice ages, the circumstances that lead up to glaciation, climate changes, and the possibility of an ice age or a less severe period of increased cold in the future.

The Basics of Earth Science

The Basics of Earth Science

  • Author: Robert E. Krebs
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313319303
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 342
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The basic concepts found in introductory earth science courses in high school and college are presented and explained.

The Botanist

The Botanist

Being the Botanical Part of a Course of Lectures on Natural History, Delivered in the University at Cambridge : Together with a Discourse on the Principle of Vitality

  • Author: Benjamin Waterhouse
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Botany
  • Page: 263
  • View: 8586
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Improving the Scientific Foundation for Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Simulations

Improving the Scientific Foundation for Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Simulations

Report of a Workshop

  • Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate,Committee on Challenges in Representing Physical Processes in Coupled Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Models
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • ISBN: 030909609X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 84
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The National Academies' Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) held a workshop to explore and evaluate current efforts to model physical processes of coupled atmosphere-land-ocean (A-L-O) models. Numerical models of the atmosphere and ocean are central to weather prediction, research, and education. Although great strides have been made over the past few decades in understanding the atmosphere and ocean, modeling capabilities, and numerical A-L-O simulations, some unresolved processes in the models do not adequately represent knowledge of the underlying physics. Moreover, there is evidence that further progress in numerical simulations is being impeded by the slow pace of improvement in the representation of key physical processes in the models and the fact that geophysical flow models are not receiving the attention needed to make these tools more useful and accurate. These models often are used to predict future events, so it is imperative that their underlying physical processes be represented as robustly as possible. During the workshop, the parameterization of physical processes in A-L-O models was addressed, including associated errors, testing, and efforts to improve the use of parameterizations. Participants also examined intellectual and scientific challenges in modeling and highlighted the idea that some of the key impediments to progress in representing physical processes are primarily cultural in nature.

Gas Chromatography in Air Pollution Analysis

Gas Chromatography in Air Pollution Analysis

  • Author: V.G. Berezkin,Yu.S. Drugov
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • ISBN: 9780080858562
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 210
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Air pollution determination is one of the most important fields of gas chromatography application in practice. This book provides a systematic description of the main stages of air pollution determination, ranging from sampling problems to the quantitative estimation of the acquired data. Special attention is paid to the problem of gas, vapor, spray and solid particles extraction from air. The main methods of sampling procedure, namely, container utilization, cryogenic concentration, absorption, adsorption, chemisorption and filter usage, and successive impurities extraction are also handled. Sorption theory and the problems of sorption and desorption efficiency for hazardous impurities being extracted from traps with sorbents are discussed in detail. The practical utilization of different sorbents (silica, activated carbon, polymers etc.) to carry out sampling procedures for 200 main pollutants with known TLV (USSR and USA) is also considered. This highly informative book, reflecting several insufficiently known techniques as well as the experience of both western and Soviet researchers, should be of interest to both beginners and skilled researchers.