Deserts of the Earth

Extraordinary Images of Extreme Environments

Author: Michael Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500511947

Category: Nature

Page: 371

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From the Rub al-Khali and the Sinai to the Great Sandy, the Great Basin and the Kalahari, Michael Martin, an internationally renowned photographer, has travelled through every desert on Earth, crossing Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa, to compile this beautifully photographed volume. Far from being bleak and barren wastelands, these deserts boast natural features of staggering beauty. Afghanistan’s Bamian region is notable for its deep turquoise lakes set amidst towering, rocky mountains. The Danakil’s unnamed volcanoes glow in the Ethiopian night, while Chile’s Atacama region harbours geysers that can erupt at any moment. In addition to these awe-inspiring landscapes, Martin introduces us to the stoic peoples who eke out an existence in such inhospitable environments.
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Wonders

Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography

Author: Rhonda Rubenstein,California Academy of Sciences

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452164673

Category: Photography

Page: 144

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Nature is full of fleeting wonders. This breathtaking collection of nature photography reveals rare creatures, transports us to distant landscapes, and captures uncommon moments of drama and beauty in the natural world. From a heart-pounding shot of the Wildebeest Migration to a glimpse of the elusive Pampas cat, each image tells a story about the diversity and grandeur of life on earth. Bold, surprising, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, these photographs are all winners of the California Academy of Sciences' BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition. With more than 100 photographs and captions explaining the scientific phenomena and photographic techniques behind each picture, this book will captivate nature lovers, science enthusiasts, photographers, and adventurers.
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Image Science

Iconology, Visual Culture, and Media Aesthetics

Author: W. J. T. Mitchell

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022656584X

Category: Art

Page: 272

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Almost thirty years ago, W. J. T. Mitchell’s Iconology helped launch the interdisciplinary study of visual media, now a central feature of the humanities. Along with his subsequent Picture Theory and What Do Pictures Want?, Mitchell’s now-classic work introduced such ideas as the pictorial turn, the image/picture distinction, the metapicture, and the biopicture. These key concepts imply an approach to images as true objects of investigation—an “image science.” Continuing with this influential line of thought, Image Science gathers Mitchell’s most recent essays on media aesthetics, visual culture, and artistic symbolism. The chapters delve into such topics as the physics and biology of images, digital photography and realism, architecture and new media, and the occupation of space in contemporary popular uprisings. The book looks both backward at the emergence of iconology as a field and forward toward what might be possible if image science can indeed approach pictures the same way that empirical sciences approach natural phenomena. Essential for those involved with any aspect of visual media, Image Science is a brilliant call for a method of studying images that overcomes the “two-culture split” between the natural and human sciences.
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Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life

Author: Cecie Starr,Ralph Taggart,Christine Evers,Lisa Starr

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305544706

Category: Science

Page: 1024

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Written by a team of best-selling authors, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition reveals the biological world in wondrous detail. Packed with eye-catching photos and images, this text engages students with applications and activities that encourage critical thinking. Chapter opening Learning Roadmaps help students focus on the topics that matter most and section-ending “Take Home Messages” reinforce key concepts. Helpful in-text features include a running glossary, case studies, issue-related essays, linked concepts, self-test questions, data analysis problems, and more. The accompanying MindTap for Biology is the most engaging and easiest to customize online solution in Biology. Known for a clear, accessible style, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition puts the living world of biology under a microscope for students to analyze, understand, and enjoy! Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Volume 2 - Evolution of Life

Author: Cecie Starr,Ralph Taggart,Christine Evers,Lisa Starr

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305724801

Category: Science

Page: 112

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Written by a team of best-selling authors, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition reveals the biological world in wondrous detail. Packed with eye-catching photos and images, this text shows and tells the fascinating story of life on Earth, and engages readers with hands-on activities that encourage critical thinking. Chapter opening Learning Roadmaps help you focus on the topics that matter most and section-ending Take Home Messages reinforce key concepts. Helpful in-text features include a running glossary, case studies, issue-related essays, linked concepts, self-test questions, data analysis problems, and more. Known for a clear, accessible style, BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, 14th Edition puts the living world of biology under a microscope for readers from all walks of life to analyze, understand, and enjoy! Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Extraordinary Animals

An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals

Author: Ross Piper

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313339226

Category: Nature

Page: 298

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Provides information on the scientific name and classification, appearance and size, habitat, and unique characteristics of each of over one hundred animals, which have been grouped into eight categories based on exceptional features.
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Seymour Simon's Extreme Earth Records

Author: Seymour Simon

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452107858

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 60

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Explores the extreme parts of the planet, from the driest desert and the snowiest mountains to the deepest depths of the ocean and the highest waterfalls.
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Planet Earth II

Author: Stephen Moss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473530067

Category: Nature

Page: 312

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10 years on from the first, groundbreaking, Planet Earth, we use the most incredible advances in technology and scientific discovery to bring you the most exciting and immersive picture of our world's wildlife yet. With over 250 breathtaking photographs and stills from the BBC Natural History Unit's spectacular footage, this is an extraordinary new look at the complex life of some of the most amazing places on Planet Earth. Each chapter reveals an environment – some never-before-seen, some astonishingly familiar – defined by a unique set of rules required for survival. From the most desolate desert to the depths of the jungle, from blistering heat and freezing cold to perpetual darkness and deadly UV, discover how a whole host of creatures have adapted to life in the most extreme conditions. And how they compete with one another to become the largest, the fastest, the most poisonous, or most devious - all in a bid to survive. Planet Earth II includes the first in-depth look at the urban environment, and the surprising range of behaviours occurring right under our noses, as well as some previously untouched island worlds. Filmed with remarkable 5k and infra-red technology, these are the challenges, the confrontations, and the triumphs of some of the most extraordinary creatures in the natural world, told from their perspective. This is our planet, as you have never seen it before.
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