The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka

By Andrew Skurka

Perfect long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka stocks his richly deserved wisdom during this crucial advisor 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" via outdoors and "Person of the Year" by way 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, sneakers, backpacks, safeguard and sleep structures, and extra, in addition to via specific articles strolling care, campsite choice and climbing potency. Skurka's functional and necessary thoughts provide you with the entire instruments and strategies you'll have to hit the path.

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In the Land of the Blue Poppies: The Collected Plant-Hunting by Frank Kingdon Ward

By Frank Kingdon Ward

Through the first years of the 20th century, the British plant collector and explorer Frank Kingdon Ward went on twenty-four impossibly bold expeditions all through Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia, looking for infrequent and elusive species of crops. He used to be chargeable for the invention of various kinds formerly unknown in Europe and the United States, together with the mythical Tibetan blue poppy, and the advent in their seeds into the world’s gardens. Kingdon Ward’s money owed trap the entire romance of his wildly adventurous expeditions, even if he used to be swinging throughout a bottomless gorge on a cable of twisted bamboo strands or clambering throughout a rocky scree in worry of an drawing close avalanche. Drawn from writings out of print for nearly seventy-five years, this new assortment, edited and brought through specialist horticulturalist and House & Garden columnist Tom Christopher, returns Kingdon Ward to his deserved position within the literature of discovery and the literature of the backyard.

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Foraging: The Essential Guide to Free Wild Food by John Lewis-Stempel

By John Lewis-Stempel

A" "practical consultant to discovering and getting ready nutrition from hedgerows, parks, fields, woods, rivers and beach. geared toward the newbie, it additionally has a wealth of suggestions for the fanatic, and, in contrast to different books on wild meals, covers foraging within the city surroundings in addition to the geographical region. The ebook exhibits the reader 'Where, How and When' to discover the simplest suitable for eating berries, leaves, flora, mushrooms, seaweed, shellfish and snails, with transparent and entire directions on what's fit for human consumption. "Foraging" covers the a hundred wild meals which are reliable to devour, enjoyable to discover, effortless to spot - and may make a fit distinction in your nutrition and your financial institution stability. The ebook is organised by means of setting so whilst taking a stroll, gardening, or having an afternoon out you know the way to assemble a hedgerow harvest, a box ceremonial dinner, a seashore salad. each one access positive aspects one species, and completely explains its appears to be like, precisely the place within the habitat it is going to be came across, whilst it really is ripe to devour, its replacement names, its heritage, the right way to harvest it, its culinary makes use of. There are complete directions too on practise of every plant/fungi/animal, in addition to recipes for its use. Comfrey fritters, hazelnut pate, nettle beer, sorrel soup, dandelion espresso, blackberry jam....

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Snakes in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book (2nd by George R. Zug, Carl H. Ernst, Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia

By George R. Zug, Carl H. Ernst, Richard D. Bartlett, Patricia Bartlett

This new version of Snakes in query has been thoroughly up to date take into consideration the newest learn on hand, delivering worthy clinical information regarding snakes whereas dispelling many widely-circulated myths and customary fears. followed by way of a hundred beautiful colour photos and written within the well known question-and-answer structure of Smithsonian's "In Question" sequence, the publication tells how snakes breathe, listen, odor, and lots more and plenty extra. It covers not just the existence cycle of snakes but additionally explores such phenomena because the rattlesnake's rattle, the viper's hiss, and the snake charmer's secrets and techniques. It addresses universal folktales approximately snakes (do snakes milk cows?) and describes colossal snakes, either genuine and imaginary. The authors additionally provide specialist recommendation on such topics as distinguishing venomous species from risk free look-alikes and protecting snakes as pets.

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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel

By Susan Freinkel

Plastic equipped the trendy global. the place could we be with no motorbike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? yet a century into our love affair with plastic, we're beginning to detect it's no longer any such fit dating. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach damaging chemical substances, clutter landscapes, and damage marine existence. As journalist Susan Freinkel issues out during this attractive and eye-opening e-book, we're nearing a hindrance aspect. We've produced as a lot plastic some time past decade as we did within the whole 20th century. We're drowning within the stuff, and we have to begin making a few not easy choices.

Freinkel supplies us the instruments we'd like with a mix of full of life anecdotes and research. She combs via medical experiences and financial info, reporting from China and around the usa to evaluate the true influence of plastic on our lives. She tells her tale via 8 ordinary plastic gadgets: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and bank card. Her end: we won't remain on our plastic-paved course. And we don't need to. Plastic issues the best way towards a brand new artistic partnership with the fabric we like to hate yet can't appear to stay with no.

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Consciousness Inside and Out: Phenomenology, Neuroscience, by Richard Brown (auth.), Richard Brown (eds.)

By Richard Brown (auth.), Richard Brown (eds.)

This quantity is made from the 3rd on-line awareness convention, held at http://consciousnessonline.com in February and March 2011. Chapters diversity over epistemological concerns within the technology and philosophy of notion, what neuroscience can do to assist us resolve philosophical concerns within the philosophy of brain, what the real nature of black and white imaginative and prescient, discomfort, auditory, olfactory, or multi-modal reviews are, to higher-order theories of realization, synesthesia, between others. each one bankruptcy incorporates a aim article, commentaries, and regularly, a last reaction from the writer. notwithstanding wide-ranging the entire papers goal to appreciate attention either from the interior, as we event it, and from the surface as we stumble upon it in our technology.

The on-line attention convention, based and arranged by means of Richard Brown, is devoted to the rigorous research of cognizance and brain. The target is to deliver philosophers, scientists, and lay individuals jointly in a web venue to advertise high-level dialogue and replacing of perspectives, rules and information relating to the clinical and philosophical learn of consciousness.

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Nature's Chaos by James Gleick, Eliot Porter

By James Gleick, Eliot Porter

The essence of the earth's attractiveness lies in chaos, within the affliction of grasses strewn in a meadow, the blotching of eco-friendly lichen on a tree trunk. Eliot Porter's photos of the flora and fauna, spanning thirty-five years and 5 continents -- from an Antarctic ice floe to an American desolate tract to an Icelandic lava box -- display in enthralling methods what scientists are commencing to see for themselves: the styles, family members, and interactions found in nature's ailment and wildness. this can be the correct marriage of photograph and textual content -- tremendous full-color images by means of the preeminent nature photographer of his new release including an illuminating essay by way of the generally praised writer of Chaos.

With 102 magnificent full-color images, this attention-grabbing "field guide" explores the world's traditional ailment.

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Laws of Nature by Prof. Dr. Peter Mittelstaedt, Prof. Dr. Paul A. Weingartner

By Prof. Dr. Peter Mittelstaedt, Prof. Dr. Paul A. Weingartner (auth.)

The e-book is worried with the legislation of nature and particularly with the legislation of physics. The authors talk about 3 vital questions: First, even if the saw regularities are in line with strict "laws of nature" that carry carefully and with none exception. moment, what we name a "law of nature" is studied via evaluating this idea with invariance ideas, causality ideas, teleological ideas and technique of predicting destiny occasions. ultimately, at the foundation of those investigations the authors deal with the formidable and complicated 3rd query, why the legislation of nature carry. Are there rational purposes for this principally unexplained phenomenon? This booklet addresses scholars in addition to researchers. it will likely be a very good reference for these drawn to the philosophical foundations of the average sciences.

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