Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 126)

By Jonathan Mullard

The 1st complete ebook to be released in regards to the natural world of the Brecon Beacons is a much-anticipated addition to the recent Naturalist sequence, and divulges the usual wonders of this probably wild and inhospitable mountain panorama. The Brecon Beacons diversity throughout upland Wales and create a diversified panorama of intensive cave structures, limestone crags and wealthy meadows. This kind helps millions of species, a few of that are discovered nowhere else in the world. The ordinary heritage of the Brecon Beacons is like so much components of the British Isles – inextricably associated with the actions of guy throughout many thousand years. Jonathan Mullard explores the evolving panorama and observes its results on its local species and habitats. He offers an in depth exam of the geology of the quarter and the combination of the archaeological and old panorama with the usual panorama and its fauna. overlaying the titanic range of its mountains and moorlands, rivers and waterfalls, caves, woodlands, wetlands and farmland, he presents an outline of man's effect at the ordinary surroundings over the centuries and the continuing conservation of the realm. A panorama wealthy in legends, the Brecon Beacons play host to a few myths regarding, between others, King Arthur. Mullard explores those wealthy stories along different cultural landmarks of ancient curiosity, equivalent to the church buildings and chapels of the world. The end result of years of analysis, New Naturalist Brecon Beacons is an inspiring exploration of this diversified and engaging zone.

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How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere

By Bradford Angier

HOW to stick ALIVE within the WOODS is a pragmatic, readable-and almost certainly indispensable-manual for a person venturing into the nice outdoors.

damaged down into 4 crucial sections, Sustenance, heat, Orientation and security, this enlightening advisor unearths tips on how to trap online game and not using a gun, what crops to devour (full-color illustrations of those make id simple), tips to construct a hot preserve, make garments, provide yourself with protection and sign for aid. precise illustrations and multiplied directions, newly commissioned for this deluxe variation, provide an important details at a look, making how one can remain Alive within the Woods really a lifesaver.

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The Tree

By John Fowles

“For years i've got carried this book...with me on travels to reread, examine, envy. In prose of vintage gravity, precision, and delicacy, Fowles addresses issues of ultimate importance.”< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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The Tree is the fullest and best exploration I’ve ever learn of the way the lifeless delights to be came upon in nature can ripen into the perform of art.”

—Lewis Hyde, writer of The Gift

 

 “The most unique argument for wasteland maintenance i've got encountered.”
Washington Post

 

Finally again in print, here's the thirtieth anniversary version of The Tree—the well known English novelist John Fowles’s (The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman) moving meditation at the connection among the wildlife and human creativity. An inspiring smooth ecological vintage, The Tree is either a robust argument opposed to taming the wild and an enormous author’s  inspiring and fantastically written safety of “the joys of having lost,” and of spontaneity in existence and paintings.

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Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens

Survival narrative meets medical, average, and social historical past within the riveting tale of a volcanic disaster.

For months in early 1980, scientists, reporters, sightseers, and close by citizens listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, a part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled via the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. nonetheless, nobody used to be ready while an important eruption took the pinnacle off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of thousands of sq. miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington nation. The eruption used to be one of many biggest in human heritage, deposited ash in 11 U.S. states and 5 Canadian provinces, and prompted multiple billion money in harm. It killed fifty-seven humans, a few so far as 13 miles clear of the volcano’s summit.

Shedding new mild at the cataclysm, writer Steve Olson interweaves the background and technology in the back of this occasion with page-turning debts of what occurred to people who lived and those that died.

Powerful monetary and old forces motivated the fates of these round the volcano that sunny Sunday morning, together with the development of the nation’s railroads, the harvest of a continent’s big forests, and the safety of America’s valuable public lands. The eruption of Mount St. Helens printed how the prior is continually found in the lives people all. whilst, it remodeled volcanic technological know-how, the learn of environmental resilience, and, finally, our perceptions of what it is going to take to outlive on an more and more harmful planet.

Rich with vibrant own tales of lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists, Eruption supplies a spellbinding narrative outfitted from the stories of these closest to the catastrophe, and an epic story of our fraught courting with the normal world.

eight pages of colour illustrations; 7 black-and-white illustrations; eight maps

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The Natural History of Unicorns

By Chris Lavers

“Lavers retains his highbrow detective tale passionate and suspenseful.”
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From Biblical tales approximately virgins to adventures with Harry Potter, unicorns have enchanted humans for millennia. within the ceaselessly interesting The average background of Unicorns, author Chris Lavers ingeniously strains the legend of this mysterious creature to the true humans, locations, and animals that experience inspired its story.

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Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

By Diane Ackerman

"It's effortless to stay within the second if you are immersed in Ackerman's wonderful prose."―Washington Post

In an eye-opening series of non-public meditations in the course of the cycle of seasons, considered one of our so much celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalists awakens us to the realm at sunrise. Diane Ackerman attracts from assets as diversified as meteorology, global faith, etymology, artwork historical past, and poetry on the way to rejoice that second during which the private arcades of lifestyles and subject come into sight. From spring in Ithaca, ny, to wintry weather in Palm seashore, Florida, Dawn Light is an impassioned name to enjoy our numbered days on a turning earth. A Los Angeles Times favourite ebook, Booklist Editors selection Award, Spirituality and perform better of 2009, Library Corner better of checklist, and San Francisco Chronicle most sensible booklet of 2009. eight pages four-color illustrations

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Tiger (Animal)

Opposite to well known trust it's the tiger, no longer the lion, who's the genuine king of the jungle: a male Siberian tiger can develop to nearly 3 and a part metres in size and weigh greater than three hundred kilograms. smooth, robust and mysterious, the tiger is respected as a powerful image of sexuality, ferocity and magic in lots of cultures worldwide, but the tiger’s energy and wonder has additionally been its downfall: approximately everything of the tiger has a price to poachers. dwell tigers are bought as unique pets; dermis is made into magical amulets and novelties, as are the teeth and claws; tiger penis is an aspect of allegedly robust sexual tonics and standard Asian medication makes use of tiger bone in a couple of various formulae. Poaching now threatens the long term survival of the species: there are just an predicted 30 to eighty South China tigers, a hundred and fifty to two hundred Siberian tigers and six hundred to 650 Sumatran tigers left within the wild, and there's as few as 5,000 nonetheless alive worldwide.

In Tiger Susie eco-friendly uncovers the usual background of the tiger, displaying how the decline of its common habitat and constant strain from poachers and farmers have became a clearly retiring, solitary creature into an competitive, man-eating predator. She additionally explores its cultural historical past, describing tigers in lots of cultures from the White Tiger in chinese language Toaist mythology and the chinese language Zodiac, to Lord Siva in Indian Hindu mythology who's more often than not pictured donning a tiger dermis. within the West, Bacchus, or Dionysos, god of wine and mystical ecstasy, used to be pictured using a tiger, and tigers were utilized by artists reminiscent of Salvador Dalí to symbolise sexuality and desire.

Written in a full of life, approachable variety, and that includes many illustrations of tigers in fable and truth from worldwide, Tiger will entice the broad viewers who admires this splendidly important, but hugely endangered species.

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Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

By David Quammen

“A scary and engaging masterpiece of technological know-how reporting that reads like a detective story.” —Walter Isaacson

In 1976 a dangerous virus emerged from the Congo woodland. As quickly because it got here, it disappeared, leaving no hint. Over the 4 a long time due to the fact, Ebola has emerged sporadically, whenever to devastating impact. it may well kill as much as ninety percentage of its sufferers. In among those outbreaks, it truly is untraceable, hiding deep within the jungle. the hunt is directly to locate Ebola’s elusive host animal. And until eventually we discover it, Ebola will proceed to strike. Acclaimed technology author and explorer David Quammen first got here close to the virus whereas he was once touring within the jungles of Gabon, observed through neighborhood males whose village were devastated by means of a up to date outbreak. the following he tells the tale of Ebola—its previous, current, and its unknowable future.

Extracted from Spillover via David Quammen, up-to-date and with extra material.

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Donkey (Reaktion Books - Animal)

By Jill Bough

Though donkeys have traditionally been between our most precious domesticated animals—from plowing fields to navigating tricky terrain—they were a lot maligned in pop culture and given little or no admire. lots so, that their perceived characteristics of stupidity and stubbornness have made their method into the language of insult. yet in Donkey, Jill Bough champions this humble creature, proving that when 10,000 years of domestication, this quite hard-working animal merits our appreciation.

 

Bough unearths the animal’s historical value in historic Egypt, the place it used to be hugely regarded—even worshipped. although, this increased prestige didn't suffer in historical Greece and Rome, the place donkeys have been denigrated, ridiculed, and abused. considering the fact that that point, donkeys have persisted to be linked to the poorest and so much marginalized in human societies. All that point and around the globe, donkeys remain used for innumerable projects, or even this present day, donkeys are thought of to be the most effective draught animals in constructing international locations, the place they proceed to make a necessary contribution. Bough rounds out her account with a glance on the number of social, cultural, and spiritual meanings that donkeys have embodied, specifically in literature and art.

 

With debts which are either interesting and touching, this cultural heritage of the donkey will encourage a brand new admire and admiration for this crucial creature.

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Emerson: Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson is among the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. even though he earned his valuable position in our tradition as an essayist and thinker, seeing that his dying his recognition as a poet has grown as well.

Known for hard conventional concept and for his religion within the person, Emerson was once the manager spokesman for the Transcendentalist flow. His poems converse to his so much passionately held trust: that exterior authority will be passed over in want of one’s personal adventure. From the embattled farmers who “fired the shot heard around the international” within the stirring “Concord Hymn,” to the flower in “The Rhodora,” whose life demonstrates “that if eyes have been made for seeing, / Then good looks is its personal excuse for being,” Emerson celebrates the lifestyles of the elegant within the human and in nature.

Combining depth of feeling together with his recognized idealism, Emerson’s poems display a relocating, extra intimate aspect of the fellow respected because the Sage of harmony.

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