Mushrooms of the Midwest

By Michael Kuo, Andrew S. Methven

Fusing normal curiosity in mushrooming with critical scholarship, Mushrooms of the Midwest describes and illustrates over of the region's mushroom species. From the chilly conifer bathrooms of northern Michigan to the steamy oak forests of Missouri, the booklet bargains a extensive cross-section of the fungi, safe to eat and never, that may be came upon turning out to be within the Midwest’s various ecosystems.

With 1000's of colour illustrations, Mushrooms of the Midwest is perfect for beginner and specialist mushroomers alike. Michael Kuo and Andrew Methven offer identity keys and thorough descriptions. The authors speak about the DNA revolution in mycology and its effects for category and identity, in addition to the necessity for well-documented modern collections of mushrooms.

in contrast to so much box guides, Mushrooms of the Midwest contains an in depth advent to using a microscope in mushroom identity. additionally, Kuo and Methven supply strategies for medical mushroom gathering, with unique specialise in ecological info and directions for maintaining specimens. Lists of beginner mycological institutions and herbaria of the Midwest also are integrated. vital for all mushroom enthusiasts!

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Loch Lomondside (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 88)

By John Mitchell

Loch Lomondside is well known for its notable surroundings. the world helps a wealthy tapestry of water and wild land, wooded area and forest, farmland and cost. This version is unique to

Another quantity within the well known New Naturalist sequence, this e-book is a accomplished account of the heritage and common background of this across the world well-known zone, that's quickly to turn into one of many first nationwide Parks in Scotland.

For centuries, Loch Lomondside has been celebrated for its notable surroundings. the world helps a wealthy tapestry of water and wild land, woodland and forest, farmland and payment. It comprises architectural and archaeological positive aspects of substantial value, and has been celebrated through many nice writers together with Walter Scott, John Ruskin and William Wordsworth.

Loch Lomondside is the most well-liked nation-state vacation spot in Scotland, attracting greater than 2 million viewers every year. Over 70 percentage of the inhabitants of Scotland are under 1 hour's vacationing time from the area.

This e-book covers the heritage of the Loch and its humans, forestry, agriculture and fisheries, the usual background, leisure actions, and conservation, prior, current and destiny. It enhances different local volumes within the New Naturalist sequence which come with the Hebrides, Orkney and the Shetland Islands.

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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

By Susan Freinkel

Plastic equipped the fashionable global. the place may we be with out motorcycle helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? yet a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re commencing to observe it’s no longer the sort of fit dating. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach destructive chemical substances, muddle landscapes, and spoil marine lifestyles. As journalist Susan Freinkel issues out during this enticing and eye-opening ebook, we’re nearing a challenge 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 want with a mix of vigorous anecdotes and research. She combs via clinical experiences and fiscal info, reporting from China and around the usa to evaluate the genuine influence of plastic on our lives. She tells her tale via 8 frequent plastic items: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and bank card. Her end: we can't remain on our plastic-paved direction. And we don’t need to. Plastic issues the way in which towards a brand new artistic partnership with the cloth we adore to hate yet can’t appear to reside without.

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No Wonder You Wonder!: Great Inventions and Scientific Mysteries

This publication explores and explains medical mysteries and ideas, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor and an abundance of illustrations. Chapters are brief, yet supply an figuring out of know-how and technological know-how no longer on hand in different places. Questions include:

• What holds a satellite tv for pc up whereas it is going round the Earth?

• Why is the sky (made out of transparent air!) blue rather than eco-friendly, or simply black as evening just like the sky that top altitude jumper Felix Baumgartner saw?

• How is laser mild various from “normal” light?

• Did Columbus fairly realize that the Earth is round?

• Which one invention will usually continue to exist our civilization?

• Why can’t you commute again in time? 

If you regularly think embarrassed since you don’t have a clue approximately lasers, the variation among volts, amps and watts, or how jet planes particularly paintings – yet you wish to comprehend the actual ideas of our glossy international, even if you’re a young person or a guardian – this e-book is for you!

To comprehend the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, or of protons, neutrons and electrons, you don’t desire algebra, calculus,

or loads of equations or technical buzzwords. Too many of us were soured on technology through technological know-how academics who've made easy suggestions look complicated. This ebook is the antidote: all it calls for is your curiosity. 

Advance compliment for No ask yourself You Wonder!: 

“From starting to finish, and with giggle after snigger, I loved each observe of this notable ebook. Phipps is a hell of a superb author, and the type of physics instructor that i might have enjoyed as a tender pupil. No ask yourself You ask yourself will be engrossing for a person with a bit interest, not only the medical minded.” – Christophe Bonnal, leader Engineer, CNES (French house Agency) 

“No ask yourself You ask yourself is a fa

ntastic publication. overlaying issues comparable to house, subject, and the power in the universe, this e-book does an outstanding activity of clarifying those subject matters. it is a nice learn for younger scientists and aspiring physicists.” – August R., highschool freshman

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Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions (California Natural History Guides)

The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast girl, purple Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are only the various many butterfly species present in the floristically wealthy San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley areas. This consultant, written for either starting and skilled butterfly watchers by means of one of many nation's best-known specialist lepidopterists, offers thorough, updated info on the entire butterfly species present in this various and available area. Written in full of life prose, it discusses the usual background and conservation prestige for those butterflies and even as presents an built-in view of butterfly biology in accordance with reviews performed in northern California and around the globe. Compact sufficient to be used within the box, the advisor additionally contains tips about butterfly staring at, images, gardening, and more.
* Discusses and identifies greater than one hundred thirty species
* Species bills comprise info on selecting butterflies via habit, markings, and host plants
* attractive full-color plates illustrate best and backside perspectives of wings for simpler identification
* encompasses a species list and a glossary

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Your Atomic Self: The Invisible Elements That Connect You to Everything Else in the Universe

By Curt Stager

What do atoms need to do together with your existence? In Your Atomic Self, scientist Curt Stager unearths how they attach you to a couple of the main outstanding issues within the universe.

You will persist with your oxygen atoms via fireplace and water and from forests for your fingernails. Hydrogen atoms will wriggle into your hair and betray the place you reside and what you've been consuming. The carbon on your breath becomes tree trunks, and the sodium on your tears will hyperlink you to long-dead oceans. The nitrogen on your muscle groups may also help to show the sky blue, the phosphorus on your bones may also help to show the coastal waters of North Carolina eco-friendly, the calcium on your enamel will weigh down your nutrition among atoms that have been mined by means of mushrooms, and the iron on your blood will kill microbes because it as soon as killed a star.

You also will notice that a lot of what dying needs to unavoidably do for your physique is already taking place between a lot of your atoms at this very second and that, still, you and everybody else you recognize will continuously exist someplace within the textile of the universe.

You are usually not merely made from atoms; you're atoms, and this publication, in essence, is an atomic box consultant to yourself.

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Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

Stan Coren’s groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich’s vintage Mind of the Raven during this extraordinary, superbly illustrated examine the uncanny intelligence and feelings of crows.

Playful, social, and passionate, crows have brains which are large for his or her physique measurement, which permits them to imagine, plan, and re-evaluate their activities. in addition they convey an avian type of eloquence, mate for all times, and go together with kin and acquaintances for years. And to those that deal with them and feed them, they generally provide oddly touching presents in go back.

The ongoing connection among people and crows—a cultural coevolution—has formed either species for hundreds of thousands of years. Scientist John Marzluff groups up with artist-naturalist Tony Angell to inform impressive tales of those great birds. With Marzluff’s awesome unique learn at the intelligence and startling skills of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—Angell’s wonderful line drawings, and a full of life joint narrative, the authors supply an in-depth examine those advanced creatures and the features and behaviors we percentage, together with language, delinquency, frolic, ardour, wrath, chance taking, and information. Crows assemble round their lifeless, warn of drawing close doom, realize humans, devote homicide of different crows, entice animals to their dying, swill espresso and drink beer, layout and use tools—including automobiles as nutcrackers—and windsurf and sled to play.

With its abundance of humorous, awe-inspiring, and poignant tales, Gifts of the Crow portrays creatures who're not anything wanting striking.

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The Complete Guide to Nature Photography: Professional Techniques for Capturing Digital Images of Nature and Wildlife

By Sean Arbabi

The authoritative advisor for photographing nature in today’s electronic world
Infused with either a fondness for nature and an abundance of technical services, the whole advisor to Nature images publications novice photographers via each degree of taking pictures landscapes, close-ups, and animal pix in today’s electronic international. grasp nature photographer Sean Arbabi deals insider recommendation on every thing from packing your apparatus bag to picking websites, staying secure whereas operating within the box, getting an ideal publicity, composing your photographs for optimum influence, and processing your electronic photos in a while.
Packed with greater than 2 hundred inspiring and instructive pictures, this entire path is the one booklet you’ll have to catch the wonderful thing about the area round you.

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Encyclopedia of Agrophysics (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series)

This Encyclopedia of Agrophysics will offer updated details at the actual houses and strategies affecting the standard of our environment and plant creation. will probably be a "first-up" quantity in an effort to properly supplement the lately released Encyclopedia of Soil technological know-how, (November 2007) which used to be released within the similar series.

In a unmarried authoritative quantity a suite of approximately 250 informative articles and ca four hundred thesaurus phrases masking all facets of agrophysics should be provided. The authors can be well known experts in a number of elements in agrophysics from a large choice of countries.

Agrophysics is necessary either for study and functional use not just in agriculture, but in addition in components like environmental technology, land reclamation, nutrition processing etc.

Agrophysics is a comparatively new interdisciplinary box heavily relating to Agrochemistry, Agrobiology, Agroclimatology and Agroecology. these days it's been totally accredited as an agricultural and environmental self-discipline. As such this Encyclopedia quantity could be an necessary operating instrument for scientists and practitioners from varied disciplines, like agriculture, soil technology, geosciences, environmental technology, geography, and engineering.

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Sand: The Never-Ending Story

From person grains to abandon dunes, from the ground of the ocean to the landscapes of Mars, and from billions of years some time past to the long run, this is often the intense tale of 1 of nature's humblest, strongest, and such a lot ubiquitous fabrics. informed by way of a geologist with a novelist's feel of language and narrative, Sand examines the science—sand forensics, the physics of granular fabrics, sedimentology, paleontology and archaeology, planetary exploration—and whilst explores the wealthy human context of sand. Interwoven with stories of artists, mathematicians, explorers, or even a vampire, the tale of sand is an epic of environmental building and destruction, an experience in amazing scales of time and distance, but a story that encompasses the normal and daily. Sand, in reality, is throughout us—it has made attainable our desktops, structures and home windows, toothpaste, cosmetics, and paper, and it has performed dramatic roles in human heritage, trade, and mind's eye. during this luminous, kinetic, revelatory account, we do certainly locate the realm in a grain of sand.

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