Notes from New Zealand

Author: Edward Kanze

Publisher: New Word City

ISBN: 164019150X

Category: Nature

Page: 365

View: 8968

"An insightful commentary on the congenial inhabitants, both human and animal, which first lured the author to this magnificent land." - Booklist Unlike Australia, which is geologically stable, New Zealand is young and impetuous - ready to rumble at any moment. Temperate and green as the jade its original Maori inhabitants dug from the land, the country's modern cities and prosperous farms coexist today with striking landforms and ancient beasts that are lifted, it seems, straight from the pages of Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World. It is New Zealand's natural history that attracts Edward Kanze, who, over the course of five years, made three eventful trips to these isolated islands in search of rare and elusive animals. In this book, which takes the form of a diary, Kanze recounts his extensive experiences as he traveled throughout the islands, exploring and studying New Zealand's native flora and fauna, especially its relic species, and pursuing his own personal quest. At the end of his last trip, when the author holds a rare frog in his hands and gazes into its eyes, he understands something of the pattern that binds all of the Earth's creatures, past and present.
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A Book of Natural History

Author: David Starr Jordan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Zoology

Page: 397

View: 2866

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The Natural History Book

The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth

Author: David Burnie

Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

ISBN: 9781405336994

Category: Earth

Page: 648

View: 9939

A monumental and extraordinarily beautiful guide to the Earth's natural wonders Five years in the making, covering over 5,000 species, The Natural History Book is one-of-a-kind; the only book to offer a complete survey of the Earth's natural history. Each geological and biological grouping is introduced and explained in an engaging and highly informative way, making it the perfect addition to every family bookshelf, as well as an ideal gift for every nature lover. Packed with thousands of stunning, specially commissioned photographs, and written by a worldwide team of natural history experts. From granites to grape vines, from microbes to mammals, The Natural History Book is a true visual dictionary of every kingdom of life. Take the Natural History Challenge
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The Natural History Museum Book of Dinosaurs

Author: Tim Gardom,Angela C. Milner

Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited

ISBN: 9781844421831

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 4155

Unlike an encyclopedia, a data book or even a learned exposition, this book is designed to be read from start to finish as the developing story of a remarkable group of animals. It is an ideal introduction to dinosaurs for the older child or adult.
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Natural Histories

Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library

Author: Tom Baione

Publisher: Sterling Signature

ISBN: 9781454912149

Category: Art

Page: 163

View: 8309

Providing readers with a rare glimpse into one of the largest natural-science libraries in the Western Hemisphere, this fascinating collection of 40 essays from the American Museum of Natural History's top experts discuss the library's seldom-seen, fully illustrated scientific works.
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A Natural History of the Senses

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307763315

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 6916

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth. “Delightful . . . gives the reader the richest possible feeling of the worlds the senses take in.” —The New York Times
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Vietnam: A Natural History

Author: Eleanor Jane Sterling,Martha Maud Hurley,Le Duc Minh

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300128215

Category: Nature

Page: 448

View: 382

A country uncommonly rich in plants, animals, and natural habitats, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam shelters a significant portion of the world’s biological diversity, including rare and unique organisms and an unusual mixture of tropical and temperate species. This book is the first comprehensive account of Vietnam’s natural history in English. Illustrated with maps, photographs, and thirty-five original watercolor illustrations, the book offers a complete tour of the country’s plants and animals along with a full discussion of the factors shaping their evolution and distribution. Separate chapters focus on northern, central, and southern Vietnam, regions that encompass tropics, subtropics, mountains, lowlands, wetland and river regions, delta and coastal areas, and offshore islands. The authors provide detailed descriptions of key natural areas to visit, where a traveler might explore limestone caves or glimpse some of the country’s twenty-seven monkey and ape species and more than 850 bird species. The book also explores the long history of humans in the country, including the impact of the Vietnam-American War on plants and animals, and describes current efforts to conserve Vietnam’s complex, fragile, and widely threatened biodiversity.
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Five Quarts

A Personal and Natural History of Blood

Author: Bill B. Hayes

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345482158

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9711

“We’re born in blood. Our family histories are contained in it, our bodies nourished by it daily. Five quarts run through each of us, along some sixty thousand miles of arteries, veins, and capillaries.” –from Five Quarts In the national bestseller Sleep Demons, Bill Hayes took us on a trailblazing trip through the night country of insomnia. Now he is our guide on a whirlwind journey through history, literature, mythology, and science by means of the great red river that runs five quarts strong through our bodies. Profusely illustrated, the journey stretches from ancient Rome, where gladiators drank the blood of vanquished foes to gain strength and courage, to modern-day laboratories, where high-tech machines test blood for diseases and dedicated scientists search for elusive cures. Along the way, there will be world-changing triumphs: William Harvey’s discovery of the circulation of the blood; Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s advances in making the invisible world visible in the early days of the microscope; Dr. Paul Ehrlich’s Nobel-Prize-winning work in immunology; Dr. Jay Levy’s codiscovery of the virus that causes AIDS. Yet there will also be ignorance and tragedy: the widespread practice of bloodletting via incision and the use of leeches, which harmed more than it healed; the introduction of hemophilia into the genetic pool of nineteenth-century European royalty thanks to the dynastic ambitions of Queen Victoria; the alleged spread of contaminated blood through a phlebotomist’s negligence in modern-day California. This is also a personal voyage, in which Hayes recounts the impact of the vital fluid in his daily life, from growing up in a household of five sisters and their monthly cycles, to coming out as a gay man during the explosive early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, to his enduring partnership with an HIV-positive man. As much a biography of blood as it is a memoir of how this rich substance has shaped one man’s life, Five Quarts is by turns whimsical and provocative, informative and moving. It will get under your skin. From the Hardcover edition.
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Dry Storeroom No. 1

The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum

Author: Richard Fortey

Publisher: Vintage Books USA

ISBN: 0307275523

Category: Nature

Page: 335

View: 3479

Reveals the hidden treasures of London's Natural History Museum and the people, research, and passions that created the museum, in a study of the social history of the scientific accomplishments of the past two centuries.
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The book of nature

natural history in the United States, 1825-1875

Author: Margaret Welch

Publisher: Northeastern Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 289

View: 1222

In Mid-Nineteenth-Century America, when life sciences were not yet part of most college curricula, natural history books provided people with an understanding of their world, their national identity, and a basic appreciation of science.
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Young Folks' Treasury: The animal world : a book of natural history

Author: Hamilton Wright Mabie,Edward Everett Hale,Theodore Wood,John Herbert Clifford,George Cary Eggleston,Daniel Edwin Wheeler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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Animal Life Throughout the Globe

An Illustrated Book of Natural History

Author: William Henry Davenport Adams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Zoology

Page: 704

View: 3261

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Exploring the American Museum of Natural History

A Children's Guide with Pictures to Color

Author: Patricia J. Wynne

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486437140

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 30

View: 4764

Illustrations to color and easy-to-follow text introduce children to twenty-three items found in the American Museum of Natural History's permanent collection.
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The Book of Nature in Early Modern and Modern History

Author: Klaas van Berkel,Arie Johan Vanderjagt

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789042917521

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 7626

From 22-25 May, 2002, the University of Groningen hosted an international conference on 'The Book of Nature. Continuity and change in European and American attitudes towards the natural world'. From Antiquity down to our own time, theologians, philosophers and scientists have often compared nature to a book, which might, under the right circumstances, be read and interpreted in order to come closer to the 'Author' of nature, God. The 'reading' of this book was not regarded as mere idle curiosity, but it was seen as leading to a deeper understanding of God's wisdom and power, and it culturally legitimated and promoted a positive attitude towards nature and its study. A selection of the papers which were delivered at the conference has been edited in two volumes. The first book was published as The Book of Nature in Antiquity and the Middle Ages; this second volume is devoted to the history of that concept after the Middle Ages.
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The Animal World

A Book of Natural History

Author: Theodore Wood

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508640295

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 356

View: 7582

This volume is a sketch of the animal life of the whole world. More than a sketch it could not be in the space at the author's command; but he has so skilfully selected his examples to illustrate both the natural groups and the faunas which they represent, that his work forms a most commendable ground-plan for the study of natural history. Few writers have been so successful in handling this subject. His style is singularly attractive to the young readers whom he has in view; yet he does not depart from accuracy, nor exaggerate with false emphasis some unusual phase of an animal's character, which is the fault of many who try to "popularize" zoology. One may feel confident, therefore, that the boy or girl who opens this volume will enjoy it and profit by it. The sketch dwells on the animals most often to be seen in nature, or in menageries, or read of in books of travel and adventure, and will thus serve as a valuable reference aid in such reading. But it will, and ought to, do more. It will arouse anew that interest in the creatures about us which is as natural as breath to every youngster, but is too rarely fostered by parents and teachers. This volume is not illustrated.
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The Everyday Book of Natural History

Comprising a Note for Every Day on the Flowers, Insects, Birds, Animals, Etc. Most Commonly Observed on Rambles Into the Country Throughout the Year

Author: James Cundall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Natural history

Page: 509

View: 4081

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