Rainforests Of The World

Author: Art Wolfe
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781860465826
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In this timely book a brilliant photographer and an outstanding scholar have come together to create a valuable and necessary insight into the most lovely and the most endangered environments on earth. Art Wolfe has travelled to these tropical rainforests, home to half of the world's living species, in search of their secrets. From the vertiginous depth of an Amazon treescape to the minute detail of a poisonous dart frog, he has communicated the life of the rainforest in photographs both intimate and emotionally charged. Sir Ghillean Prance, a naturalist of world renown, writes compellingly of the different ecological workings of the rainforests and of the urgent need to give spiritual value to the processes of caring for the natural world. Together photographs and text bear witness to the resplendence and terrifying fragility of the world's rainforests as the twenty first century begins.

The Living Wild

Author: Art Wolfe
Publisher: Harvill Press
ISBN: 9781860468117
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A celebration in photographs of the most spectacular of the world's animals and their environments. As we look into the new millennium we are in danger of destroying our planet's wonderful diversity of life. Art Wolfe has created this portrait of the animals that we still have time to save, examining those now considered extremely rare, and celebrating the successes of their conservation. Covering 42 countries across seven habitats, from polar to tropical, from oceanic islands to high mountains, he takes us to areas inaccessible to even the most determined of travellers. There are essays by leading naturalists and field notes for each photograph.

Encyclopedia Of The Biosphere Temperate Rainforests

Author: Ramon Folch i Guillén
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9780787645120
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Bbc Wildlife

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Deep Jungle

Author: Fred Pearce
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409010961
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DEEP JUNGLE is an exploration of the most alien and feared habitat on Earth. Starting with man's earliest recorded adventures, Fred Pearce journeys high into the canopy - home to two-thirds of all the creatures on our planet, many of whom never come down to earth. During his travels he encounters all manner of fantastic flora and fauna, including a frog that can glide from tree to tree, a spider that can drag live chickens into its burrow and a flower that smells of decaying flesh. It is in the jungle that Pearce discovers secrets about how evolution works, the intricate links that connect us all, and maybe even clues to where humans came from - here is the key to our future foods and medicines, our climate and our understanding of how life works. At the start of a new millennium Pearce asks why we continue to waste precious time - and billions of dollars - looking for signs of life elsewhere in our universe when the greatest range of life-forms that have ever existed lies right here on our doorstep. Today environmentalists say we are on the verge of destroying the last rainforests, and with them the planet's evolutionary crucible, and maybe even its ability to maintain life on Earth. But nature has a way of getting its own back. The Mayans and the people of Angkor went too far in manipulating nature and paid the ultimate price. Their civilisations died and the jungle returned. Nature reclaimed it's own and it may do so again ...

The Man With The Compound Eyes

Author: Wu Ming-Yi
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 030790797X
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When a tsunami sends a massive island made entirely of trash crashing into the Taiwanese coast, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical island and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united in ways they never could have imagined. Here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan, who has written an “astonishing” novel (The Independent) that is at once fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga. Fifteen-year-old Atile’i—a native of Wayo Wayo, an island somewhere in the Pacific—has come of age. Following the custom of his people, he is set adrift as a sacrifice to the Sea God but, unlike those who have gone before him, Atile’i is determined to defy precedent and survive. His chances seem slim, but just as it appears that hope is lost, Atile’i comes across a sprawling trash vortex floating in the ocean and climbs onto it. Meanwhile, on the east coast of Taiwan, Alice, a college professor, is overcome with grief. Her husband and son are missing, having disappeared while hiking in the mountains near their home. Alice is so distraught that she decides to end her own life. But her plans are interrupted by a violent storm that causes the trash vortex to collide with the Taiwanese coast, bringing Atile’i along with it. Alice and Atile’i subsequently form an unlikely friendship that helps each of them come to terms with what they have lost. Together they set out to uncover the mystery of Alice’s lost family, following their footsteps into the mountains. Intertwined with Alice and Atile’i’s story are the lives of others affected by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples—and, of course, the mysterious man with the compound eyes. A work of lyrical beauty that combines magical realism and environmental fable, The Man with the Compound Eyes is an incredible story about the bonds of family, the meaning of love, and the lasting effects of human destruction.

The British National Bibliography

Author: Arthur James Wells
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Author: Art Wolfe
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781860469077
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In 'AFRICA', the celebrated American nature photographer Art Wolfe rturns to the dramatic vistas and astonishing animal life of the continent he has explored with affection and enthusiasm over many years. Whether they are close-up portraits of exotic animals and birds in their, native habitats or sweeping panoramas of Africa's various eco-environments, Wolfe's full-colour images are exceptionally compelling. The reader can almost hear the sounds of herds moving across open plains, feel the intense heat in the air, or smell rain clouds advancing over enormous distances. With an introduction by the internationally-renowned naturalist Jane Goodall, five photographic portfolios introduced by the prominent American natrure writer Michelle Gilders bring the African savannahs, woodlands, rainforest, wetlands and desert to life. 'AFRICA' concludes with extensive notes describing in detail Wolfe's photographic technique and providing a glimpse of a master at work in the field.

The Figured Landscapes Of Rock Art

Author: George Nash
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521524247
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This book addresses the most important component around the rock-art panel - its landscape.

The Historical Animal

Author: Susan Nance
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 0815653395
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The conventional history of animals could be more accurately described as the history of human ideas about animals. Only in the last few decades have scholars from a wide variety of disciplines attempted to document the lives of historical animals in ways that recognize their agency as sentient beings with complex intelligence. This collection advances the field further, inviting us to examine our recorded history through an animal-centric lens to discover how animals have altered the course of our collective past. The seventeen scholars gathered here present case studies from the Pacific Ocean, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, involving species ranging from gorillas and horses to salamanders and orcas. Together they seek out new methodologies, questions, and stories that challenge accepted historical assumptions and structures. Drawing upon environmental, social, and political history, the contributors employ research from such wide-ranging fields as philosophy and veterinary medicine, embracing a radical interdisciplinarity that is crucial to understanding our nonhuman past. Grounded in the knowledge that there has never been a purely human time in world history, this collection asks and answers an incredibly urgent question for historians and others interested in the nonhuman past: in an age of mass extinctions, mass animal captivity, and climate change, when we know much of what animals have done in the past, which of our activities will we want to change in the future?