Download E-books Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris PDF

By Christopher Kemp

“Preternaturally hardened whale dung” isn't the first photograph that involves brain after we ponder body spray, another way a logo of glamour and attract. however the key factor that makes the subtle smell linger at the dermis is exactly this strange digestive by-product—ambergris. regardless of being one of many world’s most costly ingredients (its worth is sort of that of gold and has every now and then in historical past been triple it), ambergris can be one of many world’s least identified. yet with this strange and hugely pleasing publication, Christopher Kemp grants to alter that through uncovering the original historical past of ambergris.

A infrequent secretion produced basically by means of sperm whales, that have a keenness for squid yet an lack of ability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly reworking, sooner than it occasionally washes ashore taking a look like a nondescript waxy pebble. it might probably look nearly wherever yet is located so not often, it will possibly in addition look nowhere. Kemp’s trip starts with an come across on a brand new Zealand seashore with a huge lump of pretend ambergris—determined after a lot pleasure to not anything extra unique than lard—that evokes a entire quest to search out ambergris and its tale. he is taking us from the wild, rocky New Zealand sea coast to Stewart Island, a distant, windswept island within the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and again back. alongside the best way, he tracks down the secretive creditors and investors who populate the clandestine modern day ambergris trade.

Floating Gold is an wonderful and vigorous background that covers not just those worthy grey lumps and people who covet them, yet provides a hugely informative account of the traditional heritage of whales, squid, ocean ecology, or even a heritage of the body spray industry. Kemp’s obsessive interest is infectious, and keen readers will suppose as if they've got stumbled upon a priceless bounty of this exciting substance.

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Download E-books The Sea Coast (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 25) PDF

By J. A. Steers

The ocean Coast indicates in a persuasive and compelling approach the starting place and evolution of cliffs, estuaries, sea marshes, sand dunes and the groups of vegetation and animals that they help. This variation is unique to Britain's coasts have every little thing, from towering cliffs emerging sheer from deep water to 1000 ft and extra, to miles of tidal slobs and apartments, stressed shingle spits, transferring shores, motionless rock headlands. the extreme effects of a diversified weather and a sophisticated geology are proven much more successfully in Britain's coasts than in her interesting island scenery.Our maximum authority on coastal topography, Professor Steers, has studied the character of Britain's sea-side and the evolution of coasts and beach for many of his lifestyles. A previous Professor of Geography of Cambridge collage, he made the now recognized accomplished survey of our whole sea coast. His ebook exhibits in a persuasive and compelling means the starting place and evolution of cliffs, estuaries, sea marshes, sand dunes and the groups of vegetation and animals that they aid.

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Download E-books National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary PDF

By National Geographic

During this outstanding ebook of visible wonders, nationwide Geographic unearths a global only a few can have the opportunity to work out for themselves. Shot by means of a number of the world's best photographers, New York Times bestseller Rarely Seen gains outstanding pictures of locations, occasions, usual phenomena, and artifical heirlooms seldom obvious through human eyes. it is all right here: 30,000-year-old cave paintings sealed from the general public; animals which are one of the final in their species in the world; volcanic lightning; mammoth crystals that experience grown to greater than 50 lots; the engraving inside of Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch. With an advent by means of nationwide Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose paintings has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the inner most caves of Papua New Guinea, Rarely Seen captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, ordinary wonders, and little-seen gadgets from the some distance reaches of the globe.

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Download E-books Hydroponics: A Practical Guide for the Soilless Grower PDF

Progressive hydroponic/soilless advances are being completed by way of successfully bettering effects with the applying of recent suggestions, tools, and gear. the recent variation of a bestseller, Hydroponics: a pragmatic advisor for the Soilless Grower has been revised to mirror those advances with new chapters that offer crucial details on greenhouse layout, functionality, and strategies for crop creation and administration. With nearly forty% extra fabric within the moment version, the ebook is a state of the art, finished guide.

The moment version starts with the thoughts of ways vegetation develop after which describes the necessities essential to prevail while utilizing a number of hydroponic and soilless becoming tools. the foremost concentration is at the dietary standards of crops and the way most sensible to organize and use nutrient options for various crops utilizing a number of transforming into platforms lower than quite a lot of environmental stipulations. Supported by means of a wealth of tables, figures, and nutrient formulation the ebook presents transparent causes of the benefits and downsides of every hydroponic progress process. applicable for a large viewers, this version is a pragmatic consultant, review, and convenient reference for complicated hobbyists, advertisement growers, and researchers.

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Download E-books 101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valley, and Seashore PDF

101 Hikes in Northern California through Matt Heid merits readers through narrowing down the multitude of concepts for mountaineering in Northern California to some of the best of the simplest adventures. it really is unique from different related guidebooks in that it covers the northern two-thirds of the country, together with approximately the whole lot of the Sierra Nevadas south to Kings Canyon nationwide Park, and the complete immense Sur quarter alongside the coast south to Silver top barren region. It additionally presents major geographic variety: hikes are unfolded around the complete regardless of the place you're in northern California, you will find a hike within the booklet inside of a brief force. The advisor is exclusive within the volume of traditional historical past info it offers, particularly the geologic tales of the featured locations. It offers not only the basic instructions for finishing a hike, it complements the adventure through telling the tale of ways the panorama got here to be how it is.

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Download E-books Seashore (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 94) PDF

A accomplished, authoritative account of the normal heritage of the beach, from earliest instances to the current day. This version is unique to

The beach, with its without end altering tides, is without doubt one of the so much fluctuating actual environments in the world. domestic to an abundance of animal and flowers, it's also one of many richest habitats the naturalist can discover. the following in Britain, we're lucky to have an extended and sundry beach, and our rather huge tidal levels suggest that our beach bargains a variety of coastal habitats, together with dust, sand, shingle and rock. In New Naturalist beach, Peter Hayward appears to be like at:

• Resident and migrant species, together with fish, barnacles, limpets, winkles, sponges, algae, lichens and sea grasses

• the consequences of tourism and toxins on those habitats

• The geology of the British Isles, with its sinking and emerging coastlines

• The responses and variations of plant and animal existence to a altering actual environment

This slender strip of seashore among the land and the ocean that we name the beach, has continually attracted guy, within the early years as a resource of nutrients, and in Victorian instances as a wealthy habitat that the early naturalists may discover. during this interesting addition to the very hot New Naturalist sequence, Peter Hayward brings the average background of the beach correct as much as date.

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Download E-books Raptors of the World (Princeton Field Guides) PDF

By James Ferguson-Lees

This new box advisor covers all the world's kites, vultures, harriers, hawks, buzzards, eagles, and falcons.

in response to crucial sections of the commonly acclaimed instruction manual Raptors of the World via an identical authors, yet with up-to-date textual content, maps, and plates, it exhibits each species in a variety of other plumages, with concise dealing with texts and distribution maps.

It presents an easy-to-use and conveyable connection with one of many world's greatest, hottest, and such a lot tough avian groups.

  • a special identity advisor to all of the world's raptors
  • 118 colour plates exhibit 338 species in flight and perched
  • dealing with textual content summarizes measurement, confusion species, habitat, and behavioral and plumage ameliorations
  • colour distribution maps incorporated for each species
  • perfect to be used within the box, anyplace within the world

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Download E-books Horse (Animal) PDF

By Elaine Walker

From Pegasus to Black good looks, horses have held a distinct position in human society and mind's eye. Elaine Walker tackles the lengthy and multifaceted background of a creature valued for either attractiveness and usefulness.Spanning the realm from the wild steppes of Mongolia to the yankee plains, Horse chronicles the wealthy and complicated traditional background of the animal, from wild feral horses to the domesticated species that when performed a relevant position in way of life as a way of transportation, an software of warfare, and a resource of labour. Elaine Walker charts how the long-standing connection among humans and horses is mirrored in cultures around the globe and the results for either human and animal of such shut interplay. She additionally strains the centrality of the pony in artwork, leisure and literature, from the wealthy worldwide traditions of horse-racing and equestrianism to literary classics corresponding to Follyfoot. finally, Walker contends, the ongoing function of the pony within the smooth international finds telling alterations in human society.

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Download E-books Herbarium PDF

By Klaus H. Carl

Mega sq. Herbarium is predicated at the paintings of Basilius Besler, the well-known plant professional who, for the 1st time in historical past, defined, painted and engraved over 1000 species of vegetation. His drawings are of serious medical in addition to creative worth, and supply shiny insights into Europe's eclectic vegetation. This Mega sq. version may be the perfect present, providing an engaging and strange topic in a small and sensible layout.

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