Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon

Gripping money owed of all identified deadly mishaps within the most renowned of the World's Seven normal Wonders.

Two veterans of many years of adventuring in Grand Canyon chronicle the 1st whole and entire historical past of Canyon misadventures. those episodes span the total period of visitation from the time of the 1st river exploration via John Wesley Powell and his staff of 1869 to that of holiday makers falling off its rims in Y2K.

These bills of the 550 those who have met premature deaths within the Canyon set a brand new excessive water mark for supplying the main unbelievable array of adventures, misadventures, and existence saving classes released among any covers. Over the sting delivers to be the main extreme but informative booklet on Grand Canyon ever written.

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The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent

By Ofir Drori, David McMannald

An epic trip via Africa by means of a guy who fell in love with a mystical and disappearing international after which reworked himself right into a warrior at the entrance traces to guard it.

Staging heart-pounding, espionage-style raids, Ofir Drori and his association, The final nice Ape (LAGA), have positioned numerous poachers and traffickers of endangered species in the back of bars, they usually have fought again opposed to a Kafkaesque tradition of corruption. prior to Ofir arrived in Cameroon, nobody had ever even tried.

The final nice Ape follows a tender Ofir on fantastical adventures as he crosses distant African lands by means of camel, on a horse, and in dug-out canoes, whereas dwelling with unique tribes and suffering opposed to nature at its rawest: charging elephants and hyenas, flash floods, and the necessity to consume river algae and snails to stick alive. the tale strikes from locations of maximum attractiveness to these of the darkest horror: the battle zones of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ofir starts off to paintings as a photojournalist in an effort to reveal his stunning come across with struggle sufferers and baby squaddies. His reviews forge in him a answer to turn into an activist and to struggle for justice.

The look for a reason finally leads him to Cameroon. while Ofir discovers that nobody is battling to disprove Jane Goodall's darkish prophesy that apes within the wild can be extinct in 20 years, he makes a decision that he's the guy to step in; simply because he understands he could make a distinction, he sees it as his accountability. And LAGA is born.

The final nice Ape is a narrative of the struggle opposed to extinction and the tragedy of endangered worlds, not only of animals yet of individuals suffering to carry onto their tradition. The e-book unearths the serious attractiveness and strife that exist facet by way of part in Africa, and Ofir makes the case that activism and commitment to a reason are nonetheless proper in a cynical glossy international. This dramatic tale is one in all braveness and wish and, most significantly, a look for which means.

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Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region (California Natural History Guides)

By Doris Sloan

Why does a bit ocean ground lie on best of Mt. Diablo? Why is purple Rock, that small, knobby island in San Francisco Bay, crimson? Why is Loma Prieta excessive? This booklet is for San Francisco Bay quarter citizens and viewers who are looking to discover the geologic international of this excellent zone, to profit approximately its shapes, colours, and rocky foundations. Doris Sloan illuminates the colourful geologic mosaic that surrounds San Francisco Bay and lucidly explains the advanced and engaging approaches that experience solid it over thousands of years.

In a full of life and fascinating type, Sloan describes forces resembling the stream of tectonic plates, erosion, the waves at the coast, and human task. She presents history info at the tactics, timeframe, and rocks which are the foremost to figuring out the Bay sector panorama and geologic historical past, then turns to certain areas of the Bay quarter and to San Francisco Bay itself.

* fantastically illustrated with 139 colour pictures, forty-one drawings, and 29 maps

* Covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties

* supplies transparent, nontechnical motives of complicated themes together with plate tectonics and the Bay Area's fault systems

* indicates locales in parks and open house preserves to view Bay region geology in action

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Climate and the British Scene (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 22)

By Gordon Manley

From Chaucer's candy April showers to the peasoupers of Sherlock Holmes the British scene can't be reflected with out weather getting into in. This version is unique to newnaturalists.com From Chaucer's candy April showers to the peasoupers of Sherlock Holmes the British scene can't be reflected with out weather coming into in. during this booklet Professor Manley exhibits us the simplest and worst of our much-maligned weather. He lines the delicate impact of light and cloud, of dew, mist, rain, hail and snow, of warmth and chilly at the altering scene throughout the seasons. we frequently apologise for our weather, yet in lots of methods it's the most sensible on the planet. No nice extremes of warmth of chilly, no dreaded droughts, no damaging hurricanes, but a marked seasonal rhythm with plenty of little surprises. The richness of plant and animal lifestyles, the super excessive productiveness of our farmlands, the fleeting beauties of our panorama -- all are heavily associated with Britain's weather. it may well justly be claimed that this can be the 1st ebook to aim scientifically to track those intimate but elusive relationships.

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The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide

By Andrew Skurka

Very best long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka stocks his well-deserved wisdom during this crucial consultant to backpacking equipment and abilities. defined by way of nationwide Geographic as "one of the easiest traveled and quickest hikers at the planet," and named "Adventurer of the Year" by means of open air and "Person of the Year" by means of Backpacker, Skurka recounts what he's discovered from greater than 30,000 miles of long-distance adventures, such a lot lately a 4,700-mile 6-month loop round Alaska and Canada's Yukon.

Whether you're a first-time backpacker, an occasional weekend warrior or a professional long-distance trekker, you'll love this advisor. study precisely what you want to hold -- either in your again and among your ears -- for all seasons and conditions via a show-and-tell of garments, shoes, backpacks, protect and sleep structures, and extra, in addition to via precise articles taking walks care, campsite choice and mountaineering potency. Skurka's useful and useful thoughts provide you with all of the instruments and methods you'll have to hit the path.

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The Promethean Illusion: The Western Belief in Human Mastery of Nature

By Bob Tostevin

This booklet explores contradictory realities: our carrying on with trust that nature is topic to our willful keep an eye on and nature's refusal to abide by way of this trust. It investigates specific points of contemporary technological know-how and spotlights the impression Newtonian technological know-how had upon the Western international. It then significantly assesses 20th century advancements in technological know-how, featuring a couple of organic and ecological case stories that rfile a number of the boundaries that the flora and fauna locations upon human wisdom. The research argues opposed to programmatic proposals to regulate nature through genetic engineering and planet administration.

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The Exquisite Butterfly Companion: The Science and Beauty of 100 Butterflies

By Hazel Davies

This beautiful set, created with the yankee Museum of normal heritage, is the ideal reward for fans of Lepidoptera! Tucked within a case with an organza ribbon closure, you can find a box advisor with details on a hundred species of butterfly and moth, plus an envelope with a hundred sheets of paper, each one that includes a perforated, full-color photo from the book.  Punch them out to create keepsakes that truly fly, together with appealing gliders, flyers, and cellular models.

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Storks, Ibises, and Spoonbills of the World (Poyser Natural History)

By James A. Hancock, James A. Kushlan, M. Philip Kahl

A number of the world's greatest and so much fantastic birds are to be chanced on between this team of wading birds. Tragically, additionally they contain the various world's so much endangered species, as adjustments in land use erode their wetland habitats. a few, just like the White stork, have lived along people for centuries and are renowned from a variety of clinical reviews. Others, just like the Storm's Stork and the Ibises of West Africa, South-East Asia and South the US dwell so secluded a existence within the distant corners of the globe that they're going to most likely be extinct prior to even the main easy info in their biology are known.
In this definitive monograph, 3 authors and artists have mixed their abilities to seize what's identified of those birds, and to photo them in appealing work and images. The textual content opens with basic chapters on taxonomy and feeding, and breeding habit, following which, each one species is handled intimately. among them, the authors have own adventure of lots of the species in 5 continents, and pay specific cognizance to documenting the present prestige of the threatened and infrequent species.

Key Features
* the main entire compilation on hand in this staff of birds
* contains gorgeous colour plates
* good points wonderful pics from popular ornithological artists Alan Harris and David Quinn

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Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed: an introduction to birdsong

By Simon Barnes

Studying birdsong isn't just the way to develop into a greater bird-spotter. it really is tuning in: a fashion of listening to the soundtrack of the planet earth... Why do birds sing? What are they attempting to say? Birdsong isn't just approximately usual background. it's also approximately our background. We obtained melody from the birds as we obtained rhythm from the womb. Birds are our track: they educate us to specific emotion and sweetness in sound. the 1st tools ever made have been bird-flutes. This very important booklet - with a unfastened podcast - takes you from wintry weather into private spring, instructing you to how recognize tune after music because the refrain swells. you begin with robin, and prove hearing nightingales. alongside the way in which, you are going to study anything of the technology of birdsong - the adaptation among music and get in touch with, the body structure of songbirds, what birdsong tells us approximately evolution, and certainly the very beginnings of lifestyles itself. the purpose is to provide you a flying begin in birdsong in order that, after interpreting this ebook, you will be hearing order, no longer chaos, to Bach, no longer white noise. you may be extra conscious of the wild global, and higher capable of know it.

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