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Natur

  • Danmarks vilde lægeplanter af Birgit Kristiansen
    - - og deres anvendelse før og nu
    af Birgit Kristiansen, Ina Giversen & Leon Brimer

    I det indledende kapitel gives der eksempler på, hvordan forskellige kulturer over hele verden har anvendt plantestoffer i forebyggelse og sundhedsfremmende behandling gennem tiderne. Kemiske stofgrupper præsenteres, og der gives eksempler på, hvilke plantedele der anvendes, og hvordan de præpareres. Endelig ridses lovgivningen for fremstilling og markedsføring af natur-lægemidler og kosttilskud op. Herefter følger en grundig beskrivelse af 100 vilde, danske planter, som i århundreder er blevet anvendt i folkemedicinen, og som i dag er genstand for en stigende interesse fra den moderne lægevidenskab. Hver plante beskrives med dansk og latinsk artsnavn, familie, de vigtigste botaniske karakterer, blomstringstid, voksested og hyppighed. Det præciseres, hvilke plantedele og indholdsstoffer der anvendes. Der gives eksempler på plantens traditionelle anvendelse mod forskellige lidelser, og den nutidige anvendelse som lægeplante beskrives. Endelig opsummeres resultater fra de nyeste videnskabelige studier, som kan understøtte plantens funktion i kosttilskud, naturlægemidler og lægemidler.

  • Om arternes oprindelse af Charles Darwin Spar 17%
    af Charles Darwin

    OM ARTERNES OPRINDELSE er naturforsker og geolog Charles Darwins (1809-1882) banebrydende storværk om livsformernes mangfoldighed fra 1859. Bogen regnes for et af hovedværkerne i den moderne biologi, men rækker langt ud over biologiens vidensfelt til blandt andet filosofien, teologien og sociologien. Darwins teori om arternes oprindelse indeholder dels en argumentation for evolutionspostulatet — dvs. at alle (nulevende og uddøde) arter ved gradvise ændringer er opstået fra en fælles stamform — og dels beskriver den, hvordan de gradvise ændringer inden for en art er frembragt gennem naturlig selektion, hvor de bedst tilpassede individer i hver generation sætter det største antal afkom i verden og derfor er bedst til at sikre artens overlevelse. Værket udkommer nu for første gang på dansk som ebog i J. P. Jacobsens oprindelige oversættelse fra 1872.

  • Insekternes planet af Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
    - Om de sære, nyttige og fascinerende småkryb vi ikke kan leve uden
    af Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

    Insekter er alle steder. De kan leve i skoven, på engen, de dybeste grotter, i døbefonte, computere og i hvalrossers næsebor. De er helt anderledes end os: de bærer skelettet udenpå kroppen, nogle har ører på knæene, nogle tunge under fødderne og nogle øjne på penis. Selv med en hjerne på størrelse med et sesamfrø, kan de genkende ansigter. Der er 200 millioner insekter per menneske, men selvom der er mange, går antallet drastisk tilbage. Uden insekter vil mennesker og dyr dø. Insekter forvandler visne planter og døde dyr til frodig jord. De bestøver planterne og er føde for andre dyr. De er helt nødvendige for os, og de er under pres. De er simpelthen tandhjulene, der får verden til at dreje. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson har forsket i insekter i mange år og i denne bog kan du læse om, hvad der fascinerer hende - og hvorfor vi skal passe bedre på de små og snedige skabninger.

  • Landskabsformer af Eigil Holm
    af Eigil Holm

    Danmarks landskaber er skabt af gletsjerne i Istiden. Bakkerne er skubbet op af isens tryk, og den smeltende is efterlod enorme mængder af sten, sand, grus og ler. Havet, åer og kilder, samt regn og sne har formet nutidens landskab og gør det stadig, nu med mennesket som medspiller. Bogen beskriver vore landskaber og deres tilblivelse. Mange illustrationer. 10-16 år.Serien Danmarks Naturkanon består af 17 bøger. Alle historier er baseret på fakta.

  • Sten af Eigil Holm
    af Eigil Holm

    Der er sten næsten overalt i Danmark. Kalksten og flintesten kommer fra vore egne jordlag, mens granit, gnejs og vulkanske sten er bragt hertil af Istidens gletsjere fra Sverige, Norge og Østersøens bund. Oldtidens mennesker lavede økser og knive af flintesten og byggede gravkamre af kolossale sten. Vore veje hviler på sten. Mange slags sten findes på stranden, og tilsammen illustrerer de det meste af Jordens historie, som bogen beskriver. Mange illustrationer. 10-16 år.Serien Danmarks Naturkanon består af 17 bøger. Alle historier er baseret på fakta.

  • Twelve Months at Merritt Lake af Thomas Edward Trimbath Spar 16%
    af Thomas Edward Trimbath

    Twelve months of visits to a mountain lake tells more than twelve tales. The solitude found during a Wednesday in the winter is completely different from the chaos found on a Saturday in the summer. The seasons make one set of changes. We make the other. The combination produces a much more interesting set of experiences that can't be revealed in one visit or in a page of some guidebook.Merritt Lake hides on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, between the crest of the range that partly protects it from Pacific storms, and halfway to the deserts and cities of Central Washington. The lake is protected by Nature more than legislation, within a land that is punctuated by avalanches and forest fires. Luckily, it is even better at producing quiet, serene moments.Nature's residents range from rodents to raptors, and from delicate flowers to massive pine forests. Most of us drop by for peacefulness, exercise, fishing, or adventure, but some build campfires while forests burn, or fire guns during busy weekends.Get to know the fuller, richer story that so few of us take the opportunity to experience.

  • This is Planet Earth af New Scientist
    - Your ultimate guide to the world we call home
    af New Scientist

    The ancient Greeks called it Gaia; the Romans Terra. We know it simply as Earth, the planet we call home. And what a planet it is.Formed around 4.6 billion years ago from the debris of the big bang and long-dead stars, at first it was nothing special, but somehow it evolved to become the most amazing place in the known Universe. The only living planet we know of, it also has a very unusual moon, a remarkably dynamic surface, a complex atmosphere and a deeply mysterious interior.This is Planet Earth is dedicated to the wonders of Planet Earth. Its past is long and dramatic and its future shrouded in mystery. Yet despite centuries of research, only now are we starting to understand Earth's complexity.ABOUT THE SERIESNew Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science; subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious readers who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society, and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone, and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.

  • Rejsen til jorden af Lars Henrik Aagaard
    af Lars Henrik Aagaard

    Hvorfor er der bjerge og have?Kommer vi virkelig fra aberne?Hvordan var Jorden på dinosaurernes tid?Hvorfor er der jordskælv og vulkanudbrud?Hvad bliver Jordens og menneskets skæbne?Pak rygsækken og husk bjergstøvler og dykkerdragt, for nu skal du på opdagelsesrejse på din utrolige planet. Du rejser helt tilbage til Jordens vilde fødsel og videre ned i ur-havet, hvor livet blev tændt. Du vil opleve, hvordan dinosaurerne dør, og mennesker opstår, og du kommer til at klatre op på de højeste bjerge, ned i glødende vulkaner og helt ind til Jordens hede kerne.Undervejs får du svar på alle dine spørgsmål om kloden lige under dine fødder - den tredje planet fra Solen.Bogen er fyldt med flotte billeder.Lars Henrik Aagaard er videnskabsjournalist på avisen Berlingske og forfatter til flere populærvidenskabelige bøger, blandt andet de roste bestsellere "Hvor langt er der til verdens ende?", "Hvad er Månen lavet af?" og "Rejsen til rummet".Udgives i samarbejde med Berlingske Media Dette er en ebog med såkaldt fixed layout. Den er velegnet til læsning på læseapparater som tablets og smartphones. Den er uegnet til læsning på ældre eller mindre avancerede læseapparater.

  • Weathervanes of New England af Glenn A. Knoblock Spar 14%
    af Glenn A. Knoblock & David W. Wemmer

    First used to gauge New England's ever-changing weather, now viewed as American folk art, historic weathervanes have been a part of the region's skyline for more than three centuries. Focusing on examples that can still be seen in public, this comprehensive study of the development of the weathervane describes changes in form and function from colonial times to the present, and also documents the histories of weathervane makers throughout New England.

  • Into the Peatlands af Crawford Spar 12%
    af Crawford

    The peatlands of the Outer Hebrides are half land, half water. Their surface is a glorious tweed woven from tiny, living sphagnums rich in wildlife, but underneath is layer upon layer of dead mosses transforming into the peat. One can, with care, walk out onto them, but stop and you begin to sink into them. For time immemorial the peatlands have been places - for humans at least - of seasonal habitation but not of constant residence. In this book Robin A. Crawford explores the peatlands over the course of the year, explaining how they have come to be and examining how peat has been used from the Bronze Age onwards. In describing the seasonal processes of cutting, drying, stacking, storing and burning he reveals one of the key rhythms of island life, but his study goes well beyond this to include many other aspects, including the wildlife and folklore associated with these lonely, watery places. Widening his gaze to other peatlands in the country, he also reflects on the historical and cultural importance that peat has played, and continues to play - it is still used for fuel in many rural areas and plays an essential role in whisky-making - in the story of Scotland.

  • Tropical Surge af Benjamin Reilly Spar 28%
    - A History of Ambition and Disaster on the Florida Shore
    af Benjamin Reilly

    An engaging historical narrative covering many significant events in the history of south Florida, Tropical Surge includes the major developments and setbacks in the early years of Miami and Key West, as well as an in-depth look at Henry Flagler's amazing Overseas Railway. This well-written history tells the story of the dramatic battle between human ambition and the reality of the West Indian hurricane. By 1935, at least, the hurricane had won. Includes gripping narratives of the 1919, 1926, and 1935 hurricanes in south Florida and the Keys.

  • Terremotos en Colombia af Javier Velasco
    af Javier Velasco & John Jairo Sanchez

    Colombia esta ubicada en una zona geologicamente compleja y con la confluencia de tres placas tectonicas, razones por las cuales se presenta un alto riesgo por actividad sismica. La lista de terremotos en el pais es extensa y sus consecuencias han generado un alto impacto en la sociedad. Sin embargo, durante mucho tiempo la poblacion fue indiferente ante estas manifestacionesnaturales y solo actu despus del enorme impacto sobre la vida y los recursos. Terremotos en Colombia se centra en el entorno natural de nuestro territorio para presentar una serie de contenidos que permiten aprender cmo se producen los terremotos y cules son las estrategias para afrontarlos, utilizando un lenguaje al que puede acceder cualquier lector, todo ello sinperder rigor cientfico. La obra es un medio integrador del saber propio de las Ciencias Naturales y Sociales que puede adquirir un valor significativo en el contexto educativo colombiano

  • Phthalate Esters
     

    Phthalate esters are an important class of chemicals widely used in commercial applications, primarily as plasticizers to soften vinyl, but they are also used in consumer products. This book reviews the state of the scientific knowledge of phthalate esters in the environment. Key information reported includes: analytical methodologies; a compilation of concentration measurements in water, sediment, soil, air, dust, and food; plus an assessment of critical exposure pathways. In addition, key physical properties data and fate characteristics that control exposure are reviewed. Also included are pertinent ecotoxicity data and mammalian toxicity and human health information. Finally, the monograph addresses potential environmental risks.

  • No. More. Plastic. af Martin Dorey
    - What you can do to make a difference the #2minutesolution
    af Martin Dorey

    Discover what you can do to save the planet from plastic. Start now. All it takes is 2 minutes of your time.'I read this book yesterday and I've done three things today and that is testament to Martin's brilliant vision and ideas. Now it's your turn!' Chris Packham'Once, plastic was the miracle material. Now it's the monster. We all need to cut down our plastic consumption and join Martin's #2minutesolution anti-plastic movement. I'm in.' Julia BradburyOpen this book with your children, give it to your friends. Share your #2minutesolution on twitter and instagram and inspire others. Martin Dorey, anti-plastics expert, has been working to save our beaches from plastic for the past 10 years. His Beach Clean Foundation and global call to arms #2minutebeachclean has been taken up by people all over the world, and has proven that collective small actions can add up to a big difference.Together we can fix this.

  • What's So Hot About Volcanoes? af Wendell Duffield Spar 23%
    af Wendell Duffield & Bronze Black

    You don't have to take a trip to the thermal pools of Iceland or the black beaches of Hawaii to discover what's so hot about volcanoes. Warm up instead with a copy of What's So Hot About Volcanoes?, a new book by volcanologist Wendell Duffield. Lively discussions introduce readers of all ages to the creative power of volcanoes, explaining the reasons behind where they form, what they look like, and when they explode. Think of a volcano as a safety valve on a pressure cooker, author Wendell Duffield tells readers. The inside of Earth reaches a blistering 9,000 to 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and volcanoes simply release some of that pent-up heat from time to time.Sections of What's So Hot About Volcanoes? explore the challenges of predicting eruptions, what happens when magma mixes with water, and how people are using volcanic heat for energy. An appendix lists all the volcanoes in the United States that are still young enough to look like volcanoes.

  • Lion Hearted af Andrew Loveridge
    - The Life and Death of Cecil & the Future of Africa's Iconic Cats
    af Andrew Loveridge

    ';Until the lion has its own storyteller, tales of the lion hunt will always glorify the hunter.' Zimbabwean proverbIn 2015, an American hunter named Walter Palmer shot and killed a lion named Cecil. The lion was one of dozens slain each year in Zimbabwe, which legally licenses the hunting of big cats. But Cecil's death sparked unprecedented global outrage, igniting thousands of media reports about the peculiar circumstances surrounding this hunt. At the center of the controversy was Dr. Andrew Loveridge, the zoologist who had studied Cecil for eight years. In Lion Hearted, Loveridge pieces together, for the first time, the fascinating life and murky details of this beloved lion's slaying. In the tradition of Born Free and Gorillas in the Mist, Lion Hearted chronicles Loveridge's long acquaintance with a host of charismatic lions that his team has tracked, often from birth to death. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Loveridge learned to love predators at the knee of his father, an eminent herpetologist who stored baby crocodiles in the family bathtub. After earning his doctorate at Oxford, he seized an invitation to study the lions of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. There he meets Stumpy Tail, who, despite her name, has the dignity of the Queen of the Animal Kingdom; Dynamite, a venerable coalition leader who, muscled out by younger males, sets off on an incredible thirty-seven-day, 137-mile journey to find a new home; and Kataza, who escapes another lion's claws, and whom Loveridge twice saves from death at the hands of humans. And, of course, there is Cecil. Dethroned in an epic battle, he forms an alliance with a former rival. He also becomes a favorite of photographers and touristsuntil the fateful night when a Minnesota dentist and his hunting guide entice the trusting cat with a free meal. Loveridge unravels the complexities of lion society and the dangers the cats face both within their ranks and from the outside world. Despite their ruthless reputation, lions can form deep emotional bondsfemales live in prides, a sisterhood of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts that can exhibit military precision when hunting in formation; males band together in coalitions to vie for control of territory and the female prides. They also display a wide range of emotional behavior, including mourning the loss of their mates, partners, and cubs. Africa's lion population is estimated to have shrunk by 43 percent in the last twenty years. There may now be as few as 20,000 wild lions across the entire continentfar fewer than the number of elephants. While deploring the killing of lions for sport, Loveridge does not believe that banning trophy hunting, by itself, will halt the decline of Africa's lion populations. He sees greater threats in human population growth, the loss of habitat to agriculture, and the illegal trade in lion body parts for use in traditional medicines. And he offers concrete proposals for averting the lion's extinction. More than a gripping detective story, Lion Hearted is an exploration of humanity's relationship with the natural world and an attempt to keep this majestic species from disappearing. ';Lions are one of the most beloved animals on the planet,' Loveridge observes. ';They are the national symbol of no fewer than fifteen countries. . . . Surely, we can think of a better way to save the wild animals we love besides killing them.'

  • Run the Storm af George Michelsen Foy
    - A Savage Hurricane, a Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro
    af George Michelsen Foy

    ';The most insightful exploration of this unthinkable disaster.' Outside ';Here is the pitch-perfect pairing of subject and author, a gripping deconstruction of one of recent history's most terrible and vexing sea tragediesA meticulous forensic study that, in Foy's able hands, rises to the level of literature.' Hampton Sides ';Fans of The Perfect Storm and Into Thin Air will love this exquisitely written and dramatic book. George Foy has an action story that doesn't quit.' Doug Stanton In the bestselling tradition of The Perfect Storm and The Finest Hours, a harrowing true account of the mysterious disappearance of the SS El Faro, a gigantic American cargo ship that sank in the Bermuda Triangle, taking with it thirty-three lives.On October 1, 2015, the SS El Faro, a massive American cargo ship that made regular runs between Jacksonville, Florida and Puerto Rico, delivering everything from deodorant to new Chevrolets, disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm. The ship, its hundreds of shipping containers, and its entire crew plummeted to the bottom of the ocean, three miles down. The sinking was the greatest seagoing US merchant marine shipping disaster since World War II. The massive ship had a seasoned crew, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and advance warning of the storm. It seemed incomprehensible that such a ship could sink so suddenly. How, in this day and age, could something like this happen? The answer is that a ship as large as the El Faro doesn't vanish for just one reason; it vanishes because many factors intersecteverything from hurricane-tracking algorithms to the decay of rubber gaskets on hatches to the arcane science of loading cargo containers to the psychology of a powerful ship's captain. All of these factors and more came into play in the sinking of the El Faro. Relying on Coast Guard inquest hearings as well as on numerous interviews, George Michelsen Foy has crafted a brilliant account that brings to life the final voyage of El Faro, a story that lasts only a few days but which grows almost intolerably suspenseful as deep-rooted flaws leading to the disaster inexorably link together and worsen. We see captain, engineers, and crew fight for their lives, and hear their actual words (as recorded on the ship's black box) while the hurricane relentlessly tightens its noose around the ship. We watch, minute by minute, all that is happening on boardthe ship's mysterious tilt to one side, worried calls to the engine room, ship-to-shore reports, the courage of the men and women as they fight to survive, and the berserk ocean's savage consumption of the massive hull. And through it all, the pain and ultimate resilience of the families of El Faro's crew. Meticulous and absolutely thrilling, Run the Storm is a masterwork of stunning power.

  • Atlas of Structural Geological Interpretation from Seismic Images
     

    This comprehensive book deals primarily with reflection seismic data in the hydrocarbon industry. It brings together seismic examples from North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia and features contributions from eleven international authors who are experts in their field. It provides structural geological examples with full-color illustrations and explanations so that students and industry professionals can get a better understanding of what they are being taught. It also shows seismic images in black and white print and covers compression related structures. Representing a compilation of examples for different types of geological structures, Atlas of Structural Geological Interpretation from Seismic Images is a quick guide to finding analogous structures. It provides extensive coverage of seismic expression of different geological structures, faults, folds, mobile substrates (shale and salt), tectonic and regional structures, and common pitfalls in interpretation. The book also includes an un-interpreted seismic section for every interpreted section so that readers can feel free to draw their own conclusion as per their conceptualization. Provides authoritative source of methodologies for seismic interpretation Indicates sources of uncertainty and give alternative interpretations Directly benefits those working in petroleum industries Includes case studies from a variety of tectonic regimes Atlas of Structural Geological Interpretation from Seismic Images is primarily designed for graduate students in Earth Sciences, researchers, and new entrants in industry who are interested in seismic interpretation.

  • Atlas of Structural Geological Interpretation from Seismic Images
     

    This comprehensive book deals primarily with reflection seismic data in the hydrocarbon industry. It brings together seismic examples from North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia and features contributions from eleven international authors who are experts in their field. It provides structural geological examples with full-color illustrations and explanations so that students and industry professionals can get a better understanding of what they are being taught. It also shows seismic images in black and white print and covers compression related structures. Representing a compilation of examples for different types of geological structures, Atlas of Structural Geological Interpretation from Seismic Images is a quick guide to finding analogous structures. It provides extensive coverage of seismic expression of different geological structures, faults, folds, mobile substrates (shale and salt), tectonic and regional structures, and common pitfalls in interpretation. The book also includes an un-interpreted seismic section for every interpreted section so that readers can feel free to draw their own conclusion as per their conceptualization. Provides authoritative source of methodologies for seismic interpretation Indicates sources of uncertainty and give alternative interpretations Directly benefits those working in petroleum industries Includes case studies from a variety of tectonic regimes Atlas of Structural Geological Interpretation from Seismic Images is primarily designed for graduate students in Earth Sciences, researchers, and new entrants in industry who are interested in seismic interpretation.

  • My Own Nature Log Book - With Descriptive Notes, and Ideas for Novel Methods of Recording Nature's Progress Through the Year af Marcus Woodward
    af Marcus Woodward

    "e;My Own Nature Log Book"e; is a book for keeping records and notes relating to nature. It contains a series of decorated calendars forming a unique style of log book for a whole year, suggesting what is to be looked for and what is to be heard week by week. Also included is a key to the main constellations, notes and information on other aspects of nature, outlined illustrations waiting to be coloured or painted, and much more. Perfect for lovers of nature and the Great Outdoors. Contents include: "e;The New Year"e;, "e;The February Calendar"e;, "e;March Manyweather"e;, "e;Proud, Pied April"e;, "e;The Merry Month"e;, "e;Flaming June"e;, "e;Hot July"e;, "e;AN August Log"e;, "e;The Ninth Moon"e;, "e;Fiery October"e;, "e;Red November"e;, and "e;Christmas-Time"e;. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with the original text and artwork.

  • Folklore Guide to the Weather af David Bowen
    af David Bowen

    "e;Folklore Guide to the Weather"e; contains a series of folklore saying pertaining to the weather and how to predict and read it. Although there are many such sayings, the ones within this volume are those that contemporarily couldn't be explained by science, but which the author believes are reliable "e;at least seven times out of ten"e;. Contents include: "e;Solar Halo"e;, "e;Rainbows"e;, "e;Rain"e;, "e;Hail"e;, "e;Thunder and Lightening"e;, "e;Frost"e;, "e;Snow"e;, "e;Sound"e;, "e;Temperature"e;, "e;Birds"e;, "e;Animals (Quadrupeds)"e;, "e;Insects"e;, "e;Fish, Molluscs and Reptiles"e;, "e;Plants and Trees"e;, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.

  • Nature's Merry-Go-Round - A Log-Book of the Seasons af Marcus Woodward
    af Marcus Woodward

    This vintage book contains a classic log book of the seasons, being a guide to what is to be looked for and what is to be heard in each of the seasons. It describes in detail the bird, animal, and plant life that can be found at the different times of the year, walking the reader through the transformations that occur before the eyes of those who care to look. "e;Nature's Merry-Go-Round"e; is highly recommended for lovers of nature and the countryside, and would make for a fantastic addition to related collections. Contents include: "e;The Snow Moon"e;, "e;The Waking Moon"e;, "e;The Roaring Moon"e;, "e;The Primrose Moon"e;, "e;The May Moon"e;, "e;The Rose Moon"e;, "e;The Corn Moon"e;, "e;The Harvest Moon"e;, "e;The Apple Moon"e;, "e;The Nut Moon"e;, "e;The Red Moon"e;, "e;The Yule Moon"e;, etc. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new introduction on bird watching.

  • Tornado af John Edward Weems Spar 18%
    af John Edward Weems

    The Tornado gives account of one of the world's most terrifying natural disasters. Twisters have left their wake of freakish consequences throughout the United States and the world, and The Tornado vividly describes some of the most bizarre from around the countryhouseboats sailing through the air; cars flown to a landing half a cornfield away; an entire house lifted and demolished, leaving only a divan holding the uninjured family. The most detailed description of a tornado and the violence it can bring comes from the author's focus on the tragedy of one American town in 1953. John Edward Weems was an eyewitness reporter of a funnel that hit Waco, Texas, on May 11 of that year. In gripping narrative, he portrays the events of that day: a man clinging to a guard rail while a mailbox, plate glass, bricks, and assorted debris whizzed past his head; automobiles rolling end on end down the street; buildings falling like blocks knocked down by an angry child; a movie theater crumbling on the terrified patrons. When the storm had passed, 114 people were dead and hundreds injured; property damage ran in the tens of millions of dollars. Research in news reports, government weather documents, and books flesh out this account, which Pulitzer-prize winner Annie Dillard called ';wonderfully exciting. It is full of people, and the thousands of details that make up their livesand deaths. [It is] a story of enormous power.' John Banta, writing in the Waco Tribune-Herald, described it as ';a gripping story of human drama and tragedy.' Kirkus Reviews said, ';. . . the events still chill face to face with a power that defies reason.' Royalties from the sale of The Tornado will benefit the book fund of the Waco-McLennan County Public Library.

  • Ends of the World af Peter Brannen Spar 24%
    af Peter Brannen

    Apocalypse, now?Death by fire, ice, poison gas, suffocation, asteroid. At five moments through history life on Earth was dragged to the very edge of extinction.Now, armed with revolutionary technology, scientists are uncovering clues about what caused these catastrophes. Deep-diving into past worlds of dragonflies the size of seagulls and fishes with guillotines for mouths, they explore how - against all the odds - life survived and what these ominous chapters can tell us about our future.

  • Windblown af Tamsin Treverton Jones
    - Landscape, Legacy and Loss - The Great Storm of 1987
    af Tamsin Treverton Jones

    'Windblown, which contains valuable diagnosis... is most worth reading for its information from Kew Gardens.' Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times'Tamsin Treverton Jones is obviously a countrywoman with much love of the nature around her. Interspersed with her travels and accounts of places and events are vivid descriptions of environment, people and animals, as well as her own family history. Her thoroughly researched and informative book throws new light on the vagaries of the great storm.' Times Literary Supplement'Windblown is as much memoir as history, and attractively weaves in memories of the author's father Terry Thomas, whose mural commemorating the storm stands in Kew Gardens.' The Spectator'This meticulously researched and absorbing account... uncovers stories we may have not heard before... Beautifully written - you can almost feel the wind blowing through the pages.' Bath Magazine'A poignant reminder that Britain can at times be subject to the dark forces of nature.' Cotswold Life'An elegant exploration of the aftermath [of the Great Storm of 1987]' The ExpressThe Great Storm of 1987 is etched firmly into the national memory. Everyone who was there that night remembers how hurricane force winds struck southern Britain without warning, claiming eighteen lives, uprooting more than fifteen million trees and reshaping the landscape for future generations. Thirty years on, the discovery of an old photograph inspires the author to make a journey into that landscape: weaving her own memories and personal experiences with those of fishermen and lighthouse keepers, rough sleepers and refugees, she creates a unique portrait of this extraordinary event and a moving exploration of legacy and loss.

  • Weather 101 af Kathleen Sears
    - From Doppler Radar and Long-Range Forecasts to the Polar Vortex and Climate Change, Everything You Need to Know about the Study of Weather
    af Kathleen Sears

    Learn the science behind weather and weather prediction in this clear and straightforward new guide.Weather is everywhere, and while it's typically not thought about most of the time, it can get everyone's attention in an instantwhether it's the swirling destruction of a tornado, the wreckage from a hurricane, or the havoc of climate change on the environment. Weather 101 gives you the basics on weather, from blue skies to hail to dust storms, with information on the science of how weather works, how to predict the weather in your area, how to be ready for natural disasters, and how climate change is affecting weather patterns across the world. With this guide, you'll be a weather expert in no time!

  • Wonderland af Stephen Moss
    - A Year of Britain's Wildlife, Day by Day
    af Stephen Moss & Brett Westwood

    A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Vibrant, fascinating, poetic - a year in living things: all the things we love, all the things we wish we could, all the little things we step over and never know - the best of British wildlife from two superb naturalists and writers' CHRIS PACKHAMFrom blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs. Every day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where - and how - to look. From encounters with the curious black redstart, which winters on our rocky coasts, to the tiny green snowdrop shoots that are the first sign that spring might be round the corner. And from the blossom-time and dawn choruses of April and May into the abundant noisiness of summer, where days start with hawker dragonflies and drowsy bumblebees and end with glow-worms and ghost moths; to autumn when in the early morning mist of London's Richmond Park male red deer lock horns in competition for a mate.Nature is always full of surprises - whether it's the strange behaviour of clothes moths or the gruesome larder of the strike. Distilling two lifetimes' knowledge, expert insight and enthusiasm, award-winning authors and passionate naturalists Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss take us through the year, day by day, sharing the unexpected delights that we can experience in our skies, beaches, rivers, fields, forests and back gardens. There are all kinds of adventures waiting on your doorstep, any day of the year, all you need is Wonderland.

  • Ghosts of the Tsunami af Richard Lloyd Parry
    - Death and Life in Japan s Disaster Zone
    af Richard Lloyd Parry

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONE FOLIO PRIZE The definitive book on the quake which killed more than 15,000 people. Mail Online You will not read a finer work of narrative non-fiction this year. Economist A breathtaking, extraordinary work of non-fiction. Times Literary Supplement A future classic of disaster journalism. ObserverOn 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,500 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned.It was Japan s greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis, and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways.Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up?Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary non-fiction, a heart-breaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe, and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins.

  • Caesar's Last Breath af Sam Kean
    - The Epic Story of The Air Around Us
    af Sam Kean

    ** GUARDIAN SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 **It's invisible. It's ever-present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell.In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.With every breath, you literally inhale the history of the world. On the ides of March, 44 BC, Julius Caesar died of stab wounds on the Senate floor, but the story of his last breath is still unfolding; in fact, you're probably inhaling some of it now. Of the sextillions of molecules entering or leaving your lungs at this moment, some might well bear traces of Cleopatra's perfumes, German mustard gas, particles exhaled by dinosaurs or emitted by atomic bombs, even remnants of stardust from the universe's creation.Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

  • And Now, The Weather... af Alison Maloney
    - A celebration of our national obsession
    af Alison Maloney

    Along with the fine art of queuing and proper tea, talking about the weather is the essence of Britishness. We re all a little bit obsessed by it. Will it snow this Christmas? Was this year really the warmest on record? And where on earth did raining cats and dogs come from? According to recent research, 94% of British people admit to having discussed the weather in the past six hours, while 38% say they have in the past 60 minutes. And Now, The Weather... is an almanac, a miscellany, and a celebration of our most famous obsession. Including beautiful illustrations, maps and line drawings, And Now, The Weather... is a perfect gift for the cloudspotter in your life.Features include:- The Lore of Weather myths, legends and old wives tales about the weather.- Lost in Translation Colloquial names for weather around the country, from Custard Winds to Mizzle. - Extreme Weather Bizarre events in the history of British Weather including red rain and a downpour of frogs and fish.- Plus tables showing record breaking sunshine, wind speed, rainfall, heat etc.

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