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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.

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.

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
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  • Page: 960
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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 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
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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.

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.)
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Report of the National Academy of Sciences

Report of the National Academy of Sciences

  • Author: National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • Publisher: National Academies
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Science
  • Page: N.A
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