Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens

Author: M. S. Swaminathan,S. L. Kochhar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108481957

Category: Science

Page: 416

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Discusses new species of flowering trees, useful for graduate students and academic researchers in the field of life sciences.
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Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees

Author: Beth Moon

Publisher: Abbeville Press

ISBN: 9780789212672

Category: Astronomical photography

Page: 116

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Throughout much of the world, night skies are growing increasingly brighter, but the force that protects the remaining naturally dark sky, unpolluted byartificial light, is the same that saves its ancient treesisolation. Staking outsome of the world s last dark places, photographer Beth Moon uses a digital camera to reveal constellations, nebulae, and the MilkyWay, in rich hues that are often too faint to be seen by the naked eye. As inher acclaimed first volume, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, these magnificentimages encounter great arboreal specimens, including baobabs, olive trees, andredwoods, in such places as South Africa, England, and California. In her artist s statement, Beth Moon describes the experience of shooting atnight in these remote places. An essay by Jana Grcevich, postdoctoral fellow ofastrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History, provides the perspectiveof a scientist racing to study the stars in a world growing increasinglybrighter.Clark Strand, the author of "Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age," takes a different tack, illuminating theinherent spirituality of trees. "
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Forestry in the Midst of Global Changes

Author: Christine Farcy,Eduardo Rojas-Briales,Inazio Martinez de Arano

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1315282356

Category: Nature

Page: 428

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Forestry today, like many other sectors that traditionally rely on material goods, faces significant global drivers of societal change that are less often addressed than the environmental concerns commonly in the spotlight of scientific, political, and news media. There are three major interconnected issues that are challenging forestry at its foundation: urbanization, tertiarization, and globalization. These issues are at the core of this book. The urbanization of society, a process in development from the first steps of industrialization, is particularly significant today with the predominance and quick growth rate of the world’s urban population. Ongoing urbanization is creating new perspectives on forestry, inducing changes in its social representation, and changing lifestyles and practices with a tendency toward dematerialization. The process of urbanization is also creating a disconnect and in some ways is leaving behind rurality, the sector of society where forestry has traditionally developed and taken place over centuries. The second issue covered in this book is the tertiarization of the economy. In society today, the sector of services largely dominates the economy and occupies the major part of the world’s active population. This ongoing process modifies professional modalities and ways of life and opens new doors to forests through the immaterial goods they provide. It also profoundly changes the framework, rules, processes, means of production, exchanges between economic factors, and the processes of innovation. The third issue is undoubtedly globalization in its economic, political, and social components. Whether it’s through bridging distances, crossing borders, accelerating changes, standardizing practices, leveling hierarchical structures, or pushing for interdependence, globalization impacts everyone, everywhere in multiple ways. Forestry is no exception. Forestry in the Midst of Global Changes focuses on these global drivers of change from the perspective of their relationships with how society functions. By analyzing them in depth through multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and even transdisciplinary approaches, this book is helping to design the forestry of tomorrow.
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Totara

A Natural and Cultural History

Author: Philip Simpson

Publisher: Auckland University Press

ISBN: 1775589145

Category: Science

Page: 300

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A wonder of evolution, the big tree of the forest, the wood behind Maori carving and Pakeha fence posts: the ‘mighty totara’ is New Zealand’s tree and this book tells its story. The ‘mighty totara’ is one of our most extraordinary trees. Among the biggest and oldest trees in the New Zealand forest, the heart of Maori carving and culture, trailing no. 8 wire as fence posts on settler farms, clambered up in the Pureora protests of the 1980s: the story of New Zealand can be told through totara. Simpson tells that story like nobody else could. In words and pictures, through waka and leaves, farmers and carvers, he takes us deep inside the trees: their botany and evolution, their role in Maori life and lore, their uses by Pakeha, and their current status in our environment and culture. By doing so, Simpson illuminates the natural world and the story of Maori and Pakeha in this country. Our largest trees, the kauri Tane Mahuta and the totara Pouakani, are both thought to be around 1000 years old. They were here before we humans were and their relatives will probably be here when we are gone. Totara has been central to life in this country for thousands of years. This book tells a great tree’s story, and that is our story too.
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An Eclectic Bestiary

Encounters in a More-than-Human World

Author: Birgit Spengler,Babette B. Tischleder

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839445663

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

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The essays, poetry, and visual art collected here consider the more-than-human cultures of our multispecies world. At a time when humanity's impact has put our planet's ecosystems into great jeopardy, the book explores literary, sonic, and visual imaginaries that feature encounters between and across a variety of living creatures: beetles and bisons, people and pigeons, trees and spiderwebs, vegetables and violets, orchards and octopi, vampires and tricksters. Offering a wide range of critical and creative contributions to Human Animal Studies, Critical Plant Studies and the Nonhuman Turn, the volume seeks to foster new ways of imagining a more »response-able« coexistence on our shared Earth.
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Extreme Longevity

Discovering Earth's Oldest Organisms

Author: Karen Latchana Kenney

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books ™

ISBN: 1541538196

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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Meet the science experts who study specimens of extreme longevity in both the plant and animal kingdoms, such as the 80,000-year-old root system of Pando (a colony of male quaking aspens), 11,000-year-old deep-sea sponges, and 400-year-old sharks. Learn about technologies used to determine age and longevity, including DNA sampling, growth rings, and radiocarbon dating. See how scientists located these long-lived species were and why and how they resist disease and aging. And delve into how scientists are using what they know about aged plants and animals to research how we can promote longevity in humans.
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Literary Chickens

Author: N.A

Publisher: Abbeville Press

ISBN: 9780789213099

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 144

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From the best-selling photographer of Ancient Trees, an arresting collection of black-and-white chicken portraits paired with quotations from classic literature Fierce, funny, and flamboyant, fifty-two heritage-breed chickens assess the camera with a keen gaze. By focusing on the faces of her avian subjects, Beth Moon reveals them to us not just as beautiful and exotic creatures, but as individuals in their own right. Moon's intimate portraits capture a startling range of emotions and personalities, underscored by excerpts from literature. A martial Spanish White Face is flanked by a passage from Beowulf; a fantastical Buff-Laced Polish, by a line from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; and a refined Blue Polish, by a character sketch from Swann's Way. An essay by chicken keeper and best-selling author Melissa Caughey and cultural critic Collier Brown sheds additional light on this fresh and remarkable body of work, which will appeal to animal lovers and literature buffs alike.
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Portraits of Hope

Armenians in the Contemporary World

Author: Huberta v. Voss

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1845452577

Category: History

Page: 340

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Elie Wiesel called the genocide of the Armenians during the First World War 'the Holocaust before the Holocaust'. Around one and a half million Armenians - men, women and children – were slaughtered at the time of the First World War. This book outlines some of the historical facts and consequences of the massacres but sees it as its main objective to present the Armenians to the foreign reader, their history but also their lives and achievements in the present that finds most Armenians dispersed throughout the world. 3000 years after their appearance in history, 1700 years after adopting Christianity and almost 90 years after the greatest catastrophe in their history, these 50 'biographical sketches of intellectuals, artists, journalists, and others...produce a complicated kaleidoscope of a divided but lively people that is trying once again, to rediscover its ethnic coherence. Armenian civilization does not consist solely of stories about a far-off past, but also of traditions and a national conscience suggestive of a future that will transcend the present.' [from the Preface]
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A World History of Art

Author: Hugh Honour,John Fleming

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781856694513

Category: Art

Page: 936

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Expanded to include the latest discoveries in prehistoric art as well as the most recent developments in non-Western and modern art, this is an up-to-date and wide ranging history of art.
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