Search Results for "rainforests-of-the-world-harvill-nature"

Deep Jungle

Deep Jungle

Journey To The Heart Of The Rainforest

  • Author: Fred Pearce
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1409010961
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
  • View: 9558
DOWNLOAD NOW »
DEEP JUNGLE is an exploration of the most alien and feared habitat on Earth. Starting with man's earliest recorded adventures, Fred Pearce journeys high into the canopy - home to two-thirds of all the creatures on our planet, many of whom never come down to earth. During his travels he encounters all manner of fantastic flora and fauna, including a frog that can glide from tree to tree, a spider that can drag live chickens into its burrow and a flower that smells of decaying flesh. It is in the jungle that Pearce discovers secrets about how evolution works, the intricate links that connect us all, and maybe even clues to where humans came from - here is the key to our future foods and medicines, our climate and our understanding of how life works. At the start of a new millennium Pearce asks why we continue to waste precious time - and billions of dollars - looking for signs of life elsewhere in our universe when the greatest range of life-forms that have ever existed lies right here on our doorstep. Today environmentalists say we are on the verge of destroying the last rainforests, and with them the planet's evolutionary crucible, and maybe even its ability to maintain life on Earth. But nature has a way of getting its own back. The Mayans and the people of Angkor went too far in manipulating nature and paid the ultimate price. Their civilisations died and the jungle returned. Nature reclaimed it's own and it may do so again ...

The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art

The Figured Landscapes of Rock-Art

Looking at Pictures in Place

  • Author: George Nash,Christopher Chippindale
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521524247
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 400
  • View: 1458
DOWNLOAD NOW »
This book addresses the most important component around the rock-art panel - its landscape.

The Historical Animal

The Historical Animal

  • Author: Susan Nance
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • ISBN: 0815653395
  • Category: History
  • Page: 419
  • View: 2756
DOWNLOAD NOW »
The conventional history of animals could be more accurately described as the history of human ideas about animals. Only in the last few decades have scholars from a wide variety of disciplines attempted to document the lives of historical animals in ways that recognize their agency as sentient beings with complex intelligence. This collection advances the field further, inviting us to examine our recorded history through an animal-centric lens to discover how animals have altered the course of our collective past. The seventeen scholars gathered here present case studies from the Pacific Ocean, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, involving species ranging from gorillas and horses to salamanders and orcas. Together they seek out new methodologies, questions, and stories that challenge accepted historical assumptions and structures. Drawing upon environmental, social, and political history, the contributors employ research from such wide-ranging fields as philosophy and veterinary medicine, embracing a radical interdisciplinarity that is crucial to understanding our nonhuman past. Grounded in the knowledge that there has never been a purely human time in world history, this collection asks and answers an incredibly urgent question for historians and others interested in the nonhuman past: in an age of mass extinctions, mass animal captivity, and climate change, when we know much of what animals have done in the past, which of our activities will we want to change in the future?

Encyclopedia of the Biosphere: Temperate rainforests

Encyclopedia of the Biosphere: Temperate rainforests

  • Author: Ramon Folch i Guillén,Josep Maria Camarasa
  • Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 9780787645120
  • Category: Biodiversity conservation
  • Page: 398
  • View: 5985
DOWNLOAD NOW »

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

  • Author: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Publisher: DVA
  • ISBN: 364110498X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 528
  • View: 7861
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Landscape and Culture – Cross-linguistic Perspectives

Landscape and Culture – Cross-linguistic Perspectives

  • Author: Helen Bromhead
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9027264007
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 227
  • View: 8130
DOWNLOAD NOW »
The relationship between landscape and culture seen through language is an exciting and increasingly explored area. This ground-breaking book contributes to the linguistic examination of both cross-cultural variation and unifying elements in geographical categorization. The study focuses on the contrastive lexical semantics of certain landscape words in a number of languages. The aim is to show how geographical vocabulary sheds light on the culturally and historically shaped ways people see and think about the land around them. Notably, the study presents landscape concepts as anchored in a human-centred perspective, based on our cognition, vision, and experience in places. The Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach allows an analysis of meaning which is both fine-grained and transparent. The book is aimed, first of all, at scholars and students of linguistics. Yet it will also be of interest to researchers in geography, environmental studies, anthropology, cultural studies, Australian Studies, and Australian Aboriginal Studies because of the book’s cultural take.

Kew

Kew

The History of the Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Author: Ray Desmond
  • Publisher: Harvill Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 466
  • View: 3500
DOWNLOAD NOW »
This illustrated history of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew traces an evolution over more than two centuries from their origins in the reign of Queen Caroline as two royal gardens into the nation's premier botanic garden.

Regional variation in the material culture of hunter gatherers

Regional variation in the material culture of hunter gatherers

social and ecological approaches to ethnographic objects from Queensland, Australia

  • Author: Anne Best
  • Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 188
  • View: 5498
DOWNLOAD NOW »
The region of Queensland is divided into six areas through drainage divisions, something which Anne Best shows to correlate with stylistic differences in objects used by modern hunter-gatherers. This largely unrevised thesis studies six categories of object (bags, boomerangs, message sticks, shields, spears and spearthrowers), 813 artefacts in total, plus secondary sources, for their spatial organisation and stylistic properties. In the hope of finding a model for which archaeologists can study past hunter-gatherers, she illustrates how, in this instance, stylistic changes aline with drainage divisions and goes on to assess the social role of style and the environmental factors that may have played a significant role.

The British National Bibliography

The British National Bibliography

  • Author: Arthur James Wells
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: English literature
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 9584
DOWNLOAD NOW »

The Spectator

The Spectator

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 7797
DOWNLOAD NOW »

For the leopard

For the leopard

a tribute to the Sri Lankan leopard

  • Author: Leopard Trust - Sri Lanka
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 192
  • View: 8692
DOWNLOAD NOW »
Contributed articles.

The Living Wild

The Living Wild

  • Author: Art Wolfe
  • Publisher: Harvill Press
  • ISBN: 9781860468117
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 255
  • View: 489
DOWNLOAD NOW »
A celebration in photographs of the most spectacular of the world's animals and their environments. As we look into the new millennium we are in danger of destroying our planet's wonderful diversity of life. Art Wolfe has created this portrait of the animals that we still have time to save, examining those now considered extremely rare, and celebrating the successes of their conservation. Covering 42 countries across seven habitats, from polar to tropical, from oceanic islands to high mountains, he takes us to areas inaccessible to even the most determined of travellers. There are essays by leading naturalists and field notes for each photograph.

Pip Pip

Pip Pip

A Sideways Look at Time

  • Author: Jay Griffiths
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Time
  • Page: 316
  • View: 7782
DOWNLOAD NOW »
An enthusiastic piece of pop anthropology on the one subject that has ousted sex and money from the top of the obsessions league. Jay Griffiths takes the subject of time in her teeth and chews at it until it's a far more palatable item. Her exploration of the passage of time includes; our obsession with speed, with overtaking; motorways and their link to fascism; war; Mercury (god of flight) and the mythology of time and speed; Diana and Marilyn Monroe, flawed women who, through their violent deaths, have become timeless icons; history and the heritage industry; the meanness of Greenwich Mean Time; the fast language we now have to go with fast food; Aborigine dreamtime; the difference between festivals and pageants; May Day; and the New Year.

Indonesia

Indonesia

A Travel Survival Kit

  • Author: Joe Cummings
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780864420442
  • Category: Indonesia
  • Page: 899
  • View: 5669
DOWNLOAD NOW »

The Green Alternative

The Green Alternative

Guide to Good Living

  • Author: Peter Bunyard,Fern Morgan-Grenville
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Conservation of natural resources
  • Page: 368
  • View: 704
DOWNLOAD NOW »

Africa

Africa

  • Author: Art Wolfe,Jane Goodall,Michelle A. Gilders
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 9781860469077
  • Category: Africa
  • Page: 237
  • View: 8943
DOWNLOAD NOW »
In 'AFRICA', the celebrated American nature photographer Art Wolfe rturns to the dramatic vistas and astonishing animal life of the continent he has explored with affection and enthusiasm over many years. Whether they are close-up portraits of exotic animals and birds in their, native habitats or sweeping panoramas of Africa's various eco-environments, Wolfe's full-colour images are exceptionally compelling. The reader can almost hear the sounds of herds moving across open plains, feel the intense heat in the air, or smell rain clouds advancing over enormous distances. With an introduction by the internationally-renowned naturalist Jane Goodall, five photographic portfolios introduced by the prominent American natrure writer Michelle Gilders bring the African savannahs, woodlands, rainforest, wetlands and desert to life. 'AFRICA' concludes with extensive notes describing in detail Wolfe's photographic technique and providing a glimpse of a master at work in the field.

New Statesman

New Statesman

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Great Britain
  • Page: N.A
  • View: 4982
DOWNLOAD NOW »