Lost Worlds

Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

Author: Bruce McP. Beehler

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300149522

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 273

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Perhaps it is not possible to experience all the mysterious sounds, the unfamiliar smells, and the spectacular sights of a tropical rainforest without ever visiting one. But this exhilarating and honest book comes wondrously close to taking the reader on such a journey. Bruce M. Beehler, a widely traveled expert on birds and tropical ecology, recounts fascinating details from twelve field trips he has taken to the tropics over the past three decades. As a researcher, he brings to life the exotic rainforests and the people who inhabit them; as a conservationist, he makes a plea for better ways of managing rainforestsa resource that the world cannot do without. Drawing on his experiences in Papua New Guinea, India, Madagascar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Panama, and the Ivory Coast, Beehler describes the surprisesboth pleasant and unpleasantof doing science and conservation in the field. He explains the role that rainforests play in the lives of indigenous peoples and the crucial importance of understanding local cultures, customs, and politics. The author concludes with simple but tough solutions for maintaining rainforest health, expressing fervent hope that his great-grandchildren and others may one day also hear the rainforest whisper its secrets.

The Devouring Dragon

How China's Rise Threatens Our Natural World

Author: Craig Simons

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250023181

Category: Nature

Page: 304

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China's rise is assaulting the natural world at an alarming rate. In a few short years, China has become the planet's largest market for endangered wildlife, its top importer of tropical trees, and its biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its rapid economic growth has driven up the world's very metabolism: in Brazil, farmers clear large swaths of the Amazon to plant soybeans; Indian poachers hunt tigers and elephants to feed Chinese demand; in the United States, clouds of mercury and ozone drift earthward after trans-Pacific jet-stream journeys. Craig Simons' The Devouring Dragon looks at how an ascending China has rapidly surpassed the U.S. and Europe as the planet's worst-polluting superpower. It argues that China's most important 21st-century legacy will be determined not by jobs, corporate profits, or political alliances, but by how quickly its growth degrades the global environment and whether it can stem the damage. Combining in-depth reporting with wide-ranging interviews and scientific research, The Devouring Dragon shines a spotlight on how China has put our planet's forests, wildlife, oceans, and climate in jeopardy, multiplying the risks for everyone in our burgeoning, increasingly busy world.

The Kingdom of Rarities

Author: Eric Dinerstein

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610911962

Category: Science

Page: 295

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Extraordinary and engrossing account with a friendly intimacy, he offers a personal narrative, a travelogue, and a celebration of the natural world, not a polemic. When Dinerstein asks questions about biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, and conservation biology, he is constructive, engaging, and exceptionally well informed. He is also balanced and realistic, daring to ask which species are the most important to protect and why.

Birds of New Guinea

Second Edition

Author: Thane K. Pratt,Bruce M. Beehler

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400865115

Category: Nature

Page: 528

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This is the completely revised edition of the essential field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world’s largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds. Birds of New Guinea is the only guide to cover all 780 bird species reported in the area, including 366 endemics. Expanding its coverage with 111 vibrant color plates—twice as many as the first edition—and the addition of 635 range maps, the book also contains updated species accounts with new information about identification, voice, habits, and range. A must-have for everyone from ecotourists to field researchers, Birds of New Guinea remains an indispensable guide to the diverse birds of this remarkable region. 780 bird species, including 366 found nowhere else 111 stunning color plates, twice the number of the first edition Expanded and updated species accounts provide details on identification, voice, habits, and range 635 range maps Revised classification of birds reflects the latest research

Birds in books

three hundred years of South Asian ornithology : a bibliography

Author: Aasheesh Pittie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 845

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The history of South Asian ornithology spans three centuries and records over 1200 species of birds. This is the passionate work of hundreds of amateur and professional ornithologists. The popular as well as scientific documentation of this region s avifauna is prodigious.

Die Stadt des Affengottes

Eine unbekannte Zivilisation, ein mysteriöser Fluch, eine wahre Geschichte

Author: Douglas Preston

Publisher: DVA

ISBN: 3641203929

Category: History

Page: 368

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Eine wahre Indiana-Jones-Geschichte - eine archäologische Sensation Schon seit dem 16. Jahrhundert gab es Gerüchte über eine Provinz im Regenwald von Honduras, deren Städte reich und prachtvoll seien, ganz besonders die Weiße Stadt, auch Stadt des Affengottes genannt. Immer wieder machten sich Abenteurer und Archäologen auf die Suche nach den Zeugnissen dieser Zivilisation, die offenbar nicht zu den Mayas gehörte. Manchmal stießen sie tatsächlich auf Ruinen, aber eine wirkliche Erforschung war in dem von giftigen Schlangen und tödlichen Krankheitserregern verseuchten und vom Dschungel überwucherten Gelände unmöglich. Erst die moderne Lasertechnik, mit deren Hilfe das Gelände aus der Luft gescannt wird, ermöglichte genauere Hinweise, wo sich größere Ansiedlungen befinden. Um sie vor Ort zu untersuchen muss man sich allerdings auch heute noch auf den beschwerlichen Weg durch den Dschungel machen. Der Schriftsteller und Journalist Douglas Preston schloss sich kürzlich einer archäologischen Expedition an. Sie fand tatsächlich die eindrucksvollen Ruinen einer untergegangenen Stadt, aber sie zahlte am Ende auch einen hohen Preis.

Book Review Index 2009

Cumulation

Author: Dana Ferguson

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9781414419121

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1262

View: 8028

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Natural Encounters

Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons

Author: Bruce M. Beehler,John Anderton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300243482

Category:

Page: 288

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A twelve-month excursion through nature's seasons as recounted by a lifetime naturalist based in Washington, DC

Handbook of the Birds of the World

Author: Josep del Hoyo,Andrew Elliott,Jordi Sargatal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788496553507

Category: Nature

Page: 893

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Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Prólogo: Birding Past, Present and Future a Global View

Alexander von Humboldt und die Erfindung der Natur

Author: Andrea Wulf

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641195500

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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Was hat Alexander von Humboldt, der vor mehr als 150 Jahren starb, mit Klimawandel und Nachhaltigkeit zu tun? Der Naturforscher und Universalgelehrte, nach dem nicht nur unzählige Straßen, Pflanzen und sogar ein »Mare« auf dem Mond benannt sind, hat wie kein anderer Wissenschaftler unser Verständnis von Natur als lebendigem Ganzen, als Kosmos, in dem vom Winzigsten bis zum Größten alles miteinander verbunden ist und dessen untrennbarer Teil wir sind, geprägt. Die Historikerin Andrea Wulf stellt in ihrem vielfach preisgekrönten – so auch mit dem Bayerischen Buchpreis 2016 – Buch Humboldts Erfindung der Natur, die er radikal neu dachte, ins Zentrum ihrer Erkundungsreise durch sein Leben und Werk. Sie folgt den Spuren des begnadeten Netzwerkers und zeigt, dass unser heutiges Wissen um die Verwundbarkeit der Erde in Humboldts Überzeugungen verwurzelt ist. Ihm heute wieder zu begegnen, mahnt uns, seine Erkenntnisse endlich zum Maßstab unseres Handelns zu machen – um unser aller Überleben willen.

The Reel Life

Author: Sam Mossman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1742532446

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 272

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Jump aboard as famed New Zealand fisherman Sam Mossman shares tales of adventure from his lifelong fishing OE. Sam takes us on many memorable fishing journeys around New Zealand and the world Hawaii, the South Pacific Islands, Australia, the US, Canada, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia exploring watery hotspots both exotic and familiar. It's a collection of stories packed with adventure, information, humour, local colour and exciting fishing experiences Sam really has been there done that, pursuing some of the planet's most outrageous finny species in freshwater and salt. As he says himself says: 'It's a big, wide, wonderful world out there, full of amazing things to see, exotic cultures to experience, interesting people to meet and exciting new fish to catch.'

Australia

Author: Jeffery Pike

Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishing Group

ISBN: 9789812347992

Category: Travel

Page: 404

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With evocative, full-color photography on every page and cross-referenced, full-color maps throughout, this installment of the world's largest visual travel guide series provides readers with the ultimate insider's perspective on the land down under.

Middleworld

Author: J&P Voelkel

Publisher: Darby Creek

ISBN: 1606841793

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 416

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Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is looking forward to a family vacation. But his parents, both archaeologists and Maya experts, announce a change in plan. They must leave immediately for a dig in the tiny Central American country of San Xavier. Max will go to summer camp. Max is furious. When he's mysteriously summoned to San Xavier, he thinks they've had a change of heart. Upon his arrival, Max's wild adventure in the tropical rainforests of San Xavier begins. During his journey, he will unlock ancient secrets and meet strangers who are connected to him in ways he could never have imagined. For fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to this pampered teenager. Can Max rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save the world from the Lords of Death, who now control the power of the Jaguar Stones in their villainous hands? The scene is set for a roller-coaster ride of suspense and terror, as the good guys and the bad guys face off against a background of haunted temples, zombie armies, and even human sacrifice!

Nature's masterpieces

Author: Reader's Digest Association

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 9780895779144

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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Presents photographs and descriptions of some of the natural wonders of the world, looking at landscapes, water, colors, plants, and animals.

Bike Abroad

439 Organized Trips with 70 Companies in 49 Countries

Author: Gerri Alpert

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781885150004

Category: Travel

Page: 342

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This book, part of the New Voyager Trip Finders (tm) travel guide series, tells cyclists about every kind of organized bike trip - over 400 of them to countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Middle & South America. The book contains dozens of color photographs, descriptions of the geographic regions covered, maps & details about each trip, including routes, difficulty level, accommodations, overnight stops & prices. Included are trips for the rank beginner as well as for advanced cyclists, super luxurious tours, moderate & budget tours, trips for women, for singles & for families, self-guided tours & some that combine biking with other sports like hiking or rafting. Accommodations range from deluxe chateaux to modest bed & breakfasts, from yachts to tents. Easy-to-read charts help readers to compare trips given by different tour companies. The book also contains advice on what to bring, how to pack your bike for shipping & how to get in shape. Indexes help the reader locate trips by geography & tour company. To order: 1-800 NEW VOYAGER. For information: (914) 234-0119, FAX (914) 234-0118. New Voyager Trip Finders, Inc., P.O. Box 160, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

The Invention of Nature

The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science: Costa & Royal Society Prize Winner

Author: Andrea Wulf

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848548990

Category: History

Page: 496

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WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD WINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2016 'A thrilling adventure story' Bill Bryson 'Dazzling' Literary Review 'Brilliant' Sunday Express 'Extraordinary and gripping' New Scientist 'A superb biography' The Economist 'An exhilarating armchair voyage' GILES MILTON, Mail on Sunday Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist - more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy's Own story: Humboldt explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world's highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolívar's revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne's Captain Nemo owned all his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, 'the greatest man since the Deluge'. Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps - racing across anthrax-infected Russia or mapping tropical rivers alive with crocodiles - Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today. Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces his ideas as they go on to revolutionize and shape science, conservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution. He wanted to know and understand everything and his way of thinking was so far ahead of his time that it's only coming into its own now. Alexander von Humboldt really did invent the way we see nature.