The Sea Coast (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 25)

By J. A. Steers

The ocean Coast exhibits in a persuasive and compelling approach the foundation and evolution of cliffs, estuaries, sea marshes, sand dunes and the groups of vegetation and animals that they aid. This variation is unique to Britain's coasts have every little thing, from towering cliffs emerging sheer from deep water to 1000 toes and extra, to miles of tidal slobs and residences, stressed shingle spits, moving seashores, motionless rock headlands. the extreme effects of a assorted weather and a sophisticated geology are proven much more successfully in Britain's coasts than in her attention-grabbing island scenery.Our maximum authority on coastal topography, Professor Steers, has studied the character of Britain's sea-side and the evolution of coasts and sea coast for many of his existence. A prior Professor of Geography of Cambridge college, he made the now well-known complete survey of our whole beach. His e-book exhibits in a persuasive and compelling manner the beginning and evolution of cliffs, estuaries, sea marshes, sand dunes and the groups of vegetation and animals that they help.

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Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche

By Bill Plotkin

Since 1980, intensity psychologist invoice Plotkin has been guiding men and women into the wilderness—the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the yankee West—but additionally into the wilds of the soul. He calls this paintings soulcraft.

There’s an exceptional longing in every person to discover the secrets and techniques and mysteries of our person lives, to discover the original reward we have been born to deliver to our groups, and to adventure our complete club within the more-than-human international. This trip to soul is a descent into layers of the self a lot deeper than character, a trip intended for every one in every of us, not only for the heroes and heroines of mythology.

A smooth instruction manual for the adventure, Soulcraft isn't an imitation of indigenous methods, yet a latest nature-based process born from barren region event, the traditions of Western tradition, and the cross-cultural history of all humanity. choked with tales, poems, and guidance, Soulcraft introduces over forty practices that facilitate the descent to soul, together with dreamwork, wasteland imaginative and prescient fasts, conversing around the species obstacles, council, self-designed rite, nature-based shadow paintings, and the humanities of romance, being misplaced, and storytelling.

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Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest (Timber Press Field Guide)

By Joe Ammirati, Steve Trudell

The Pacific Northwest is among the top locations to discover mushrooms — they're either ample and spectacularly different. but earlier, there was no mushroom consultant that specializes in the region.

This compact, fantastically illustrated consultant offers descriptions and pictures of 460 of the region's such a lot conspicuous, distinct, and ecologically very important mushrooms. The geographic variety lined by way of the ebook comprises Oregon, Washington, southern British Columbia, Idaho, and westernmost Montana, with an emphasis at the middle of mushroom state: the low- to mid-elevation woodland habitats of western Oregon and Washington. as well as profiles on person species, Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest additionally features a normal dialogue and definition of fungi; info on the place to discover mushrooms and directions on accumulating them; an summary of fungus ecology; and a dialogue on mushroom poisoning and the way to prevent it.

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The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business

By Christopher Leonard

An investigative journalist takes you contained in the company meat industry—a stunning, in-depth file each American may still read.

How a lot have you learnt concerning the meat in your dinner plate? Journalist Christopher Leonard spent greater than a decade masking the country’s largest meat businesses, together with 4 years because the nationwide agribusiness reporter for the linked Press. Now he gives you the 1st accomplished glance contained in the business meat procedure, exposing how a handful of businesses achieved an audacious company takeover of the nation’s meat supply.

Leonard’s revealing account shines a mild at the internal workings of Tyson meals, a pioneer of the commercial approach that dominates the marketplace. You’ll find out how the foodstuff bought to the place it really is this present day, and the way businesses like Tyson have escaped the scrutiny they deserve. You’ll realize how those businesses may be able to increase meat costs for shoppers whereas pushing down the cost they pay to farmers. And you’ll even see how great company and politics have derailed efforts to alter the method, from a years-long criminal struggle in Iowa to the Obama administration’s fresh failed try and go reforms.

Important, well timed, and explosive, The Meat Racket is an unvarnished portrait of the meals that now dominates America’s heartland.

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The Major Works: Religio Medici, Hydrotophia, The Garden of Cyprus, A Letter to a Friend, and Christian Morals (Penguin Classics)

By Sir Thomas Browne

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82) was once a author of breathtaking diversity and studying, whose works display a hot and funny view of human nature. "Religio Medici" is an interesting, witty and intimate exploration of his perspectives on religion and tolerance, whereas large decisions from "Pseudodoxia Epidemica" exhibit Browne's breadth of data and omnivorous interest in his account of universal error in a startling array of topics together with sciences, historical past, literature and philosophy. "Hydriotaphia" or 'Urn Buriall' is an exciting meditation on demise and the will for immortality. "The backyard of Cyrus" considers the mysterious order to be present in nature, and "A Letter to a chum" and the aphoristic "Christian Morals" supply profound religious suggestions to readers.

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Otter (Reaktion Books - Animal)

By Daniel Allen

Although hardly obvious within the wild, the otter is renowned for its playful personality and swish aquatic agility, which have been verified within the renowned mind's eye via books like Tarka the Otter and Ring of vivid Water. This, despite the fact that, is simply a really small a part of their story—throughout historical past the otter has additionally been extensively searched for its fur and flesh.  In Otter, human geographer Daniel Allen unearths how the animal’s identification has been formed via this number of human interactions. 

As Allen explains, otters, whereas feared by way of a few groups, have been hunted to close extinction by way of others—killed for his or her worthwhile pelts within the north Pacific and chased with hounds for recreation in Britain. by contrast, Allen describes how local american citizens respected the otter and the way indigenous fishermen in components of Asia expert otters to help them. unfortunately, now all 13 species of otter are thought of threatened, and their survival is not at all certain.

In this wide-ranging examine the otter, Allen comprises anecdotes from folklore,  activities, renowned literature, media, and conservation stories so one can get to the bottom of this advanced cultural heritage. Otter is a energetic booklet that provides a brand new mind set approximately this sought after and endangered animal.

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore, and Desert

By David Money Harris

Trek the varied terrain of Southern California, from desolate tract to seashore to mountaintop, on a simple walk or in a single day experience, with this final consultant to the a hundred and one top hikes within the Southland. Covers the Santa Monica, San Gabriel, San Jacinto, and San Bernardino mountains, and the Mojave and Colorado deserts. This up to date and revised version of 1 of our best-selling guidebooks comprises 12 new hikes and up-to-date info for hikes from the former variation. All journeys were rehiked for this replace. every one journey incorporates a map, photographs, path highlights, and logos to inform you the fundamentals of the go for holiday at a look. every one map now contains key GPS coordinates.

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Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees

By Nalini M. Nadkarni

World-renowned cover biologist Nalini Nadkarni has climbed bushes on 4 continents with scientists, scholars, artists, monks, musicians, activists, loggers, legislators, and Inuits, amassing various views. In Between Earth and Sky, a wealthy tapestry of non-public tales, info, paintings, and images, she turns into our pleasing consultant to the leafy barren region above our heads. via her luminous narrative, we embark on a multifaceted exploration of timber that illuminates the profound connections we have now with them, the staggering array of products and prone they supply, and the strong classes they carry for us. Nadkarni describes trees' complicated root platforms, their hugely advanced and nonetheless no longer thoroughly understood canopies, their position in trade and drugs, their lifestyles in urban facilities and in severe habitats of mountaintops and deserts, and their very important position in folklore and the humanities. She explains tree basics and considers the symbolic position they've got assumed in tradition and faith. In a e-book that reawakens our experience of ask yourself on the attention-grabbing global of timber, we eventually locate access to the full wildlife and rediscover our personal position in it.

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A Natural History of North American Trees (Donald Culross Peattie Library)

By Donald Culross Peattie

"A quantity for a life-time" is how The New Yorker defined the 1st of Donald Culross Peatie's books approximately American timber released within the Nineteen Fifties. during this one-volume version, sleek readers are brought to at least one of the simplest nature writers of the final century. As we learn Peattie's eloquent and interesting bills of yank bushes, we trap glimpses of our country's historical past and earlier lifestyle that no textbook may well ever light up so vividly.

Here you will find out about every thing from how a species was once chanced on to the half it performed in our country’s background. Pioneers usually stabled an animal within the hole middle of an outdated sycamore, and the total kin may perhaps reside there till they can construct a log cabin. The tuliptree, the tallest local hardwood, is simpler to paintings than such a lot softwood timber; Daniel Boone carved a sixty-foot canoe from one tree to hold his kin from Kentucky into Spanish territory. within the days sooner than the Revolution, the British and the colonists waged an undeclared battle over New England's white pines, which made the simplest tall masts for scuffling with ships.

It's interesting to benefit in regards to the advertisement makes use of of assorted woods -- for paper, positive furnishings, fence posts, matchsticks, condominium framing, plane wings, and dozens of alternative preplastic makes use of. yet we won't learn this e-book with no the occasional lump in our throats. the yankee elm used to be nonetheless alive while Peattie wrote, yet as we learn his account this day we will be able to see what prompted its death. Audubon's portrait of a couple of loving passenger pigeons in an American beech is taken into account through many to be his maximum portray. It definitely touched the poet in Donald Culross Peattie as he depicted the extinction of the passenger pigeon while the beech woodland used to be destroyed.

A average background of North American Trees supplies us an image of lifestyles in the US from its earliest days to the center of the final century. the knowledge is usually fascinating, even though frequently heartbreaking. whereas Peattie appears for the higher aspect of man's nature, he stories sorrowfully at the greed and waste that experience doomed quite a bit of America's virgin forest.

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The Hummingbird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying,and Enjoying Hummingbirds

By Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes

Publish 12 months note: First released September nineteenth 1989

Attract impressive hummingbirds in your yard! With this finished, fantastically illustrated advisor, you'll locate it effortless to draw those tiny jewel-like birds for your personal backyard. The Stokes Hummingbird ebook presents the entire info you must convey hummingbirds up shut, determine them, and comprehend their interesting and sundry habit.

The booklet includes:
> variety maps and full-color pictures that can assist you determine and find hummingbirds
Information on how you can choose the right kind feeders, what to take advantage of in them, whilst to place them up, and while to take them down
> suggestion on what flora to plant to draw hummingbirds on your a part of the country
> extraordinary proof approximately hummingbirds, equivalent to how briskly they fly and what kind of they weigh
Guidelines for photographing hummingbirds
Complete details on hummingbird habit, together with flight screens, breeding conduct, and feeding
A distinct part on attracting orioles, with pictures and behaviour courses for every of the 8 species present in North America
A source checklist for hummingbird supplies.

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