Rivers A Very Short Introduction

Rivers  A Very Short Introduction

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.

Author: Nick Middleton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191633904

Category: Nature

Page: 153

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Rivers have played an extraordinarily important role in creating the world in which we live. They create landscapes and provide water to people, plants and animals, nourishing both town and country. The flow of rivers has enthused poets and painters, explorers and pilgrims. Rivers have acted as cradles for civilization and agents of disaster; a river may be a barrier or a highway, it can bear trade and sediment, culture and conflict. A river may inspire or it may terrify. This Very Short Introduction is a celebration of rivers in all their diversity. Nick Middleton covers a wide and eclectic range of river-based themes, from physical geography to mythology, to industrial history and literary criticism. Worshipped and revered, respected and feared, rivers reflect both the natural and social history of our planet. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Nature

Rivers A Very Short Introduction

Rivers  A Very Short Introduction

A. Feldhaus, Water and Womanhood: Religious Meanings of Rivers in Maharashtra (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995). P. Fradkin, A River No More: The Colorado River and the West , 2nd edn. (Berkeley: University of California Press, ...

Author: Nick Middleton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199588671

Category: Nature

Page: 153

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Rivers have played an extraordinarily important role in creating the world in which we live. They create landscapes and provide water to people, plants and animals, nourishing both town and country. The flow of rivers has enthused poets and painters, explorers and pilgrims. Rivers have acted as cradles for civilization and agents of disaster; a river may be a barrier or a highway, it can bear trade and sediment, culture and conflict. A river may inspire or it may terrify. This Very Short Introduction is a celebration of rivers in all their diversity. Nick Middleton covers a wide and eclectic range of river-based themes, from physical geography to mythology, to industrial history and literary criticism. Worshipped and revered, respected and feared, rivers reflect both the natural and social history of our planet. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Nature

Deserts A Very Short Introduction

Deserts  A Very Short Introduction

It may seem paradoxical, but some of the world's largest rivers occur in deserts. The explanation is simple: very little of their water comes from the desert itself. Most is supplied from wellwatered regions outside the dryland ...

Author: Nick Middleton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199564309

Category: Nature

Page: 153

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Preface; 1 Desert Climates; 2 Desert Landscapes; 3 The Nature of Deserts; 4 People and Deserts; 5 Deserts Connections.
Categories: Nature

The Middle Ages A Very Short Introduction

The Middle Ages  A Very Short Introduction

Rivers spelt danger too. Through the rivers of Europe, east and west, the Vikings penetrated into England, France, the Baltic lands, and deep into modern Ukraine in the 9th and 10th centuries. Any invading force—like the English during ...

Author: Miri Rubin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191019555

Category: History

Page: 144

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The Middle Ages is a term coined around 1450 to describe a thousand years of European History. In this Very Short Introduction, Miri Rubin provides an exploration of the variety, change, dynamism, and sheer complexity that the period covers. From the provinces of the Roman Empire, which became Barbarian kingdoms after c.450-650, to the northern and eastern regions that became increasingly integrated into Europe, Rubin explores the emergence of a truly global system of communication, conquest, and trade by the end of the era. Presenting an insight into the challenges of life in Europe between 500-1500 — at all levels of society — Rubin looks at kingship and family, agriculture and trade, groups and individuals. Conveying the variety of European experiences, while providing a sense of the communication, cooperation, and shared values of the pervasive Christian culture, Rubin looks at the legacies they left behind. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: History

The Ancient Near East A Very Short Introduction

The Ancient Near East  A Very Short Introduction

Southern Mesopotamia would be an uninhabitable desert were it not for the two rivers that weave across its flat expanse. The fastflowing Tigris and somewhat slower Euphrates laid down the silt through which they flow.

Author: Amanda H. Podany

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195377996

Category: History

Page: 169

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This book explores the lands of the ancient Near East from around 3200 BCE to 539 BCE. The earth-shaking changes that marked this era include such fundamental inventions as the wheel and the plow and intellectual feats such as the inventions of astronomy, law, and diplomacy.
Categories: History

Landscapes and Geomorphology A Very Short Introduction

Landscapes and Geomorphology  A Very Short Introduction

rivers, exposed a vast amount of highly weatherable material. The rocks involved in the collision zone are dominantly silicate in composition, and the chemical weathering of silicate minerals when considered over long (tens of millions ...

Author: Andrew Goudie

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191614156

Category: Science

Page: 152

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What were the landscapes of the past like? What will landscapes look like in the future? Landscapes are all around us, but most of us know very little about how they have developed, what goes on in them, and how they react to changing climates, tectonics and human activities. Examining what landscape is, and how we use a range of ideas and techniques to study it, Andrew Goudie and Heather Viles demonstrate how geomorphologists have built on classic methods pioneered by some great 19th century scientists to examine our Earth. Using examples from around the world, including New Zealand, the Tibetan Plateau, and the deserts of the Middle East, they examine some of the key controls on landscape today such as tectonics and climate, as well as humans and the living world. They also discuss some key 'landscape detectives' from the past, including Charles Darwin who did some important, but often overlooked, research on landscape. Concluding with the cultural importance of landscape, and exploring how this has led to the conservation of much 'earth heritage', they delve into the future and look at how we can predict the response of landscapes to climate change in the future. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Science

Garden History A Very Short Introduction

Garden History  A Very Short Introduction

The lands of the Assyrians lay in northern Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and the Lesser Zab, and there too the rivers and their tributaries could be used for irrigation. The Assyrian King Sennacherib (r. 704–681 BCE) planted a garden ...

Author: Gordon Campbell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191004186

Category: Gardening

Page: 160

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Gardens take many forms, and have a variety of functions. They can serve as spaces of peace and tranquilty, a way to cultivate wildlife, or as places to develop agricultural resources. Globally, gardens have inspired, comforted, and sustained people from all walks of life, and since the Garden of Eden many iconic gardens have inspired great artists, poets, musicians, and writers. In this Very Short Introduction, Gordon Campbell embraces gardens in all their splendour, from parks, and fruit and vegetable gardens to ornamental gardens, and takes the reader on a globe-trotting historical journey through iconic and cultural signposts of gardens from different regions and traditions. Ranging from the gardens of ancient Persia to modern day allotments, he concludes by looking to the future of the garden in the age of global warming, and the adaptive spirit of human innovation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Categories: Gardening

Lakes

Lakes

Ranging from vast inland seas to hydro-reservoirs, lakes are unique, complex, ecosystems. Warwick Vincent introduces lake science, or limnology, and the importance of protecting and sustaining these vitally important living resources.

Author: Warwick F. Vincent

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198766735

Category: Electronic books

Page: 169

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Ranging from vast inland seas to hydro-reservoirs, lakes are unique, complex, ecosystems. Warwick Vincent introduces lake science, or limnology, and the importance of protecting and sustaining these vitally important living resources. He explains the impact of factors such as climate, seasons, salinity, and sedimentation on lake biodiversity.
Categories: Electronic books

American Poetry A Very Short Introduction

American Poetry  A Very Short Introduction

I've known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. The poem presents ancestral memory, not autobiographical disclosure. The experience it depicts exceeds that of any one life.

Author: David Caplan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190640224

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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A leading critic explains what makes American poetry--a vast genre covering diverse styles, techniques, and form--distinctive. In this short and engaging volume, David Caplan proposes a new theory of American poetry. With lively writing and illuminating examples, Caplan argues that two characteristics mark the vast, contentious literature. On the one hand, several of America's major poets and critics claim that America needs a poetry equal to the country's distinctiveness. They advocate for novelty and for a break with what is perceived to be outmoded and foreign. On the other hand, American poetry welcomes techniques, styles, and traditions that originate from far beyond its borders. The force of these two competing characteristics, American poetry's emphasis on its uniqueness and its transnationalism, drives both individual accomplishment and the broader field. These two characteristic features energize American poetry, quickening its development into a great national literature that continues to inspire poets in the contemporary moment. American Poetry: A Very Short Introduction moves through history and honors the poets' artistry by paying close attention to the verse forms, meters, and styles they employ. Examples range from Anne Bradstreet, writing a century before the United States was founded, to the poets of the Black Lives Matter movement. Individual chapters consider how other major figures such as T.S. Eliot, Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, W.H. Auden, and Langston Hughes emphasize convention or idiosyncrasy, and turn to American English as an important artistic resource. This concise examination of American poetry enriches our understanding of both the literature's distinctive achievement and the place of its most important writers within it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Marine Biology A Very Short Introduction

Marine Biology  A Very Short Introduction

Some of the nitrogen compounds spread on agricultural land are not incorporated into crops but are leached by rain into streams and rivers and, hence, into the oceans. Also, in pastoral agricultural systems, nitrogen fertilizers are ...

Author: Philip V. Mladenov

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199695058

Category: Science

Page: 185

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The marine environment -- Marine biological processes -- Life in the coastal ocean -- Polar marine biology -- Marine life in the tropics -- Deep-ocean biology -- Intertidal life -- Food from the oceans.
Categories: Science