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Alesse - The Earth

A collection of over 180 gorgeous images compiled from instrument data of NASA and their world-class collaborators. Some of these instruments are sensitive to the visual range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Other instruments record other wavelengths such as ultraviolet and infrared. Colors are assigned to portions of data to make images that portray our Earth with visual imagery. Details of the Earth from above show forest fires, floods, hurricanes, parks, cloud formations, the great cities of the world, sleepy backwaters, reefs, oceans, glaciers, snow capped mountains, archaeological sites, and transportation highways.

Our understanding is transformed as we can truly see events like algae blooms, carbon emissions, crop health, volcanic eruptions, and more. The images in this book are beautiful and genuinely artful. Images of Earth from space are shaping our current ideas, beliefs, and perspectives and pointing the way to our future.

ISBN-10: 1682033163
ISBN-13: 9781682033166
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Amherst Media

168203316
Price: $24.95

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Bell - The Earth Book

A beautifully illustrated presentation of 250 milestones in the history of our home planet, from celebrated geologist and planetary scientist Jim Bell.

Spanning Earth’s entire history, from its birth 4.6 billion years ago to its inevitable destruction billions of years into the future, this stunning volume chronicles the life of our home planet in 250 well-chosen milestones. Jim Bell leads us on a tour of the events, processes, people, and places that have shaped our growing knowledge of Earth, from the oceans’ formation and the first perilous polar expeditions to deadly volcanoes and Earth “selfies” from space. He covers relevant topics in a range of fields, including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geology, mineralogy, planetary science, life science, public policy, atmospheric/climate science, and engineering, along with notes on key scientists and inventors. At a time when it's crucial to understand Earth as a complex interdependent system, and our role in that system, The Earth Book will enhance your appreciation of our home.

ISBN-10: 1454929103
ISBN-13: 9781454929109
Release Year: 2019
Publisher: Sterling

145492910
Price: $29.95

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Berwald - Spineless

A former ocean scientist goes in pursuit of the slippery story of jellyfish, rediscovering her passion for marine science and the sea’s imperiled ecosystems.

Jellyfish have been swimming in our oceans for well over half a billion years, longer than any other animal that lives on the planet. They make a venom so toxic it can kill a human in three minutes. Their sting—microscopic spears that pierce with five million times the acceleration of gravity—is the fastest known motion in the animal kingdom. Made of roughly 95 percent water, some jellies are barely perceptible virtuosos of disguise, while others glow with a luminescence that has revolutionized biotechnology. Yet until recently, jellyfish were largely ignored by science, and they remain among the most poorly understood of ocean dwellers.

More than a decade ago, Juli Berwald left a career in ocean science to raise a family in landlocked Austin, Texas, but jellyfish drew her back to the sea. Recent, massive blooms of billions of jellyfish have clogged power plants, decimated fisheries, and caused millions of dollars of damage. Driven by questions about how overfishing, coastal development, and climate change were contributing to a jellyfish population explosion, Juli embarked on a scientific odyssey. She traveled the globe to meet the biologists who devote their careers to jellies, hitched rides on Japanese fishing boats to see giant jellyfish in the wild, raised jellyfish in her dining room, and throughout it all marveled at the complexity of these alluring and ominous biological wonders.

Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless is the story of how Juli learned to navigate and ultimately embrace her ambition, her curiosity, and her passion for the natural world. She discovers that jellyfish science is more than just a quest for answers. It’s a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share.

ISBN-10: 0735211280
ISBN-13: 9780735211285
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Riverhead Books

073521128
Price: $16.00

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Cooke - The Truth About Animals

Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world

Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.

ISBN-10: 0465094643
ISBN-13: 9780465094646
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Basic Books

046509464
Price: $28.00

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de Waal - Mama's Last Hug

Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal intelligence, Mama’s Last Hug delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals.

Mama’s Last Hug begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting her in her night cage for a last hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and went viral. Millions of people were deeply moved by the way Mama embraced the professor, welcoming him with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck, in a gesture often considered typically human but that is in fact common to all primates. This story and others like it form the core of de Waal’s argument, showing that humans are not the only species with the capacity for love, hate, fear, shame, guilt, joy, disgust, and empathy.

De Waal discusses facial expressions, the emotions behind human politics, the illusion of free will, animal sentience, and, of course, Mama’s life and death. The message is one of continuity between us and other species, such as the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we don’t have a single organ that other animals don’t have, and the same is true for our emotions. Mama’s Last Hug opens our hearts and minds to the many ways in which humans and other animals are connected, transforming how we view the living world around us.

ISBN-10: 0393635066
ISBN-13: 9780393635065
Release Year: 2019
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

039363506
Price: $27.95

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Dedopulos - Earth View

See our planet as never before with this collection of more than 200 high-definition satellite photos of Earth.

Using images from NASA’s Landsat satellite program, Earth View takes you on a journey of discovery around the globe, revealing in stunning detail the extraordinary geological features, manmade structures, and natural wonders that can only be seen from above. Reaching across all continents, and including the most remote glaciers, volcanic fields, shifting sands, and frozen wastelands, it inspires a fresh perspective of our world.

ISBN-10: 1787390667
ISBN-13: 9781787390669
Release Year: 2019
Publisher: Carlton Books

178739066
Price: $35.00

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Engel--Innumberable Insects
To date, we have discovered and described or named around 1.1 million insect species, and thousands of new species are added to the ranks every year. It is estimated that there are around five million insect species on Earth, making them the most diverse lineage of all life by far. This magnificent volume from the American Museum of Natural History tells their incredible story. Noted entomologist Michael S. Engel explores insects’ evolution and diversity; metamorphosis; pests, parasites, and plagues; society and language; camouflage; and pollination—as well as tales of discovery by intrepid entomologists. More than 180 illustrations from the Rare Book Collection at the Museum’s Research Library reveal the extraordinary world of insects down to their tiniest, most astonishing details, from butterflies’ iridescent wings to beetles’ vibrant colors.

ISBN-10: 1454923237
ISBN-13: 9781454923237
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Sterling

145492323
Price: $27.95

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Frey - Ground Rules

Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult, and Kate Frey—expert gardener and designer—makes it easier than ever with her new book, Ground Rules. Frey distills the vital lessons of gardening into 100 simple rules that will yield a gorgeous, healthy, and thriving home garden. Discover tips on garden design, care and maintenance, healthy soil, and the best ways to water. You’ll also learn how to create a garden that encourages birds and butterflies, how to choose healthy plants at the garden center, how and when to re-pot a container, and much more. With bite-size chunks of expert information and inspiring photographs, Ground Rules is your new go-to resource.

ISBN-10: 1604698780
ISBN-13: 9781604698787
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Timber Press

160469878
Price: $19.95

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Gooley - The Nature Instinct

“A captivating guide to finding one’s way in the wild.”—The Wall Street Journal

The culmination of everything Tristan Gooley has written so far: How to take what you learn about the outdoors—and make it second nature


Readers of master outdoorsman Tristan Gooley have learned that the world is filled with clues to look for—we can use the Big Dipper to tell time, for example, and a budding flower to find south. But what about the innate survival instincts that told Gooley to move on one night, just as he was about to make camp? Everything looked perfect, but something felt wrong. When Gooley returned to his abandoned campsite to search for clues, there they were: All of the tree trunks were slightly bent. The ground had already shifted once in a storm—and could easily shift again, becoming treacherous in heavy rain.

The Nature Instinct shows us how Gooley and other expert observers—from hunters in the English countryside to the Pygmy people in the Congo—have recovered and rekindled this lost “sixth sense;” a subconscious, deeper understanding of our surroundings. By training ourselves through slow, careful observation, we too can unlock this kind of intuition—for finding the forest’s edge when deep in the woods, or knowing when a wild animal might pose danger—without even having to stop to think about it.

ISBN-10: 1615194797
ISBN-13: 9781615194797
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: The Experiment

161519479
Price: $24.95

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Hunter - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

Celebrate nature every day of the year with 365 of the most beautiful poems ever written.

From William Wordsworth’s springtime daffodils and Christina Rossetti’s birdsong to John Keats's autumnal odes and Longfellow’s “Woods in Winter,” these poems pay tribute to the beauty of nature and the changing seasons. Works from such beloved writers as William Blake, Robert Burns, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Keats, Amy Lowell, and Shakespeare take you through the year, along with 12 evocative black-and-white line drawings. Enjoy Thomas Hardy’s “Birds at Winter Nightfall,” Robert Frost’s “Spring Pools,” Rudyard Kipling’s “The Glory of the Garden,” Elizabeth Jennings’s “Song at the Beginning of Autumn,” and many more.

ISBN-10: 1849945004
ISBN-13: 9781849945004
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Batsford

184994500
Price: $24.95

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Jenkins - Woody Plants of the Northern Forest Quick Guide

The Quick Guide for Woody Plants of the Northern Forest contains two double-sided photographic charts. The summer chart shows the leaves of over 200 deciduous trees, shrubs, vines, and creepers of the Northern Forest. The winter chart shows the buds of about 185 deciduous trees and shrubs. The map-sized folding charts are water-resistant and field-friendly, the perfect companion to the Photographic Guide. This product was made in collaboration with the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program.

ISBN-10: 1501724355
ISBN-13: 9781501724350
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates

150172435
Price: $11.95

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Logan - Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees

Arborist William Bryant Logan recovers the lost tradition that sustained human life and culture for ten millennia.

Once, farmers knew how to make a living hedge and fed their flocks on tree-branch hay. Rural people knew how to prune hazel to foster abundance: both of edible nuts, and of straight, strong, flexible rods for bridges, walls, and baskets. Townspeople cut their beeches to make charcoal to fuel ironworks. Shipwrights shaped oaks to make hulls. No place could prosper without its inhabitants knowing how to cut their trees so they would sprout again.

Pruning the trees didn’t destroy them. Rather, it created the healthiest, most sustainable and most diverse woodlands that we have ever known. In this journey from the English fens to Spain, Japan, and California, William Bryant Logan rediscovers what was once an everyday ecology. He offers us both practical knowledge about how to live with trees to mutual benefit and hope that humans may again learn what the persistence and generosity of trees can teach.

ISBN-10: 0393609413
ISBN-13: 9780393609417
Release Year: 2019
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

039360941
Price: $27.95

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Magdalena - The Plant Messiah

“A thrilling and inspirational account of adventures in the botanical world” (Wall Street Journal)

Carlos Magdalena is not your average horticulturist. He’s a man on a mission to save the world’s most endangered plants. First captivated by the flora of his native Spain, he has travelled to the remotest parts of the globe in search of exotic species. Renowned for his pioneering work, he has committed his life to protecting plants from man-made ecological destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors.

In The Plant Messiah, Magdalena takes readers from the Amazon to the jungles of Mauritius to deep within the Australian Outback in search of the rare and the vulnerable. Back in the lab, we watch as he develops groundbreaking, left-field techniques for rescuing species from extinction, encouraging them to propagate and thrive once again. Along the way, he offers moving, heartfelt stories about the secrets contained within these incredible organisms.

Passionate and absorbing, The Plant Messiah is a tribute to the diversity of life on our planet, and the importance of preserving it.

*Featuring 16 pages of color photos*

ISBN-10: 0385543611
ISBN-13: 9780385543613
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Anchor

038554361
Price: $26.95

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McNab - Mammals: 300 Amazing Animals

Mammals includes some of the most intriguing creatures on the planet: the big cats of Africa, the monkeys that inhabit the trees of the Amazon basin, the whales and dolphins that roam the world’s oceans. This book profiles the mammals of the world, using an entry by entry approach. By including fascinating examples from all of the world’s major mammal families, Mammals offers a truly comprehensive overview of mammals from every continent and gives a sense of the incredible diversity of mammal types. The entries are grouped by order, then within each order by family (and, where necessary, within each family by subfamilies); each family section contains examples of the key species, which are illustrated with beautifully detailed, full-color artworks. For easy reference, each entry includes a table of information on scientific name, order and family, features, habitats, distribution, diet and breeding.

ISBN-10: 1782743855
ISBN-13: 9781782743859
Release Year: 2016
Publisher: Amber Books

178274385
Price: $14.95

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Monroe - Butterflies of Pennsylvania

How do you tell a Striped Hairstreak butterfly from a Regal Fritillary butterfly? By using Butterflies of Pennsylvania, the most comprehensive, user-friendly field guide to date of all of the species ever recorded within Pennsylvania’s 46,056 square miles. Over 900 brilliant color photographs illustrate both the upper and under side of male and female specimens of each species, including skippers. Information on distinguishing marks, traits, wingspan, habitat, larval host plants, and handy facts offer assistance for field identification. The images depict the species in their native environments, as well as finely detailed museum-quality mounted specimens. County-by-county maps show where each species has been recorded within the state, and graphs detail when they are present and most likely to be seen. Butterflies are arguably the most recognized, studied, and beloved of all insects. They are essential to healthy ecosystems, agricultural viability, and ultimately human and animal survival. Butterflies of Pennsylvania will serve as a handy reference for a broad readership including students and educators, backyard butterfly enthusiasts and gardeners, conservationists and naturalists, public and school libraries, entomologists, lepidopterists, and butterfly watchers in general.

ISBN-10: 0822964554
ISBN-13: 9780822964551
Release Year: 2017
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

082296455
Price: $24.95

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Orf - Bird Mug Shots

One hundred of North America’s most photogenic birds are highlighted in full color photographs of the normal side view and the “mug shot” front view in this ground-breaking book.

Bird Mug Shots reveals a whole new side to birds!

You’ve never really truly seen a bird until you’ve viewed it from both the normal side view... and from the “mug shot” front view. Some of photographer Earl Orf’s bird mug shots are hilarious, and some will have you saying, “Huh, I never knew they looked like that!” Val’s natural history text will keep you flipping the pages for more. One hundred of North America’s “Most Wanted” (and most photogenic) birds are highlighted in full color in this ground-breaking book.

ISBN-10: 0990915883
ISBN-13: 9780990915881
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Stone Ridge Press

099091588
Price: $18.95

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Rush - Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

“Elegies like this one will play an important role as people continue to confront a transformed, perhaps unnatural world.” —NEW YORK TIMES

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD
A CHICAGO TRIBUNE TOP TEN BOOK OF 2018
A GUARDIAN, NPR’s SCIENCE FRIDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2018


Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.

Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.

ISBN-10: 1571313672
ISBN-13: 9781571313676
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Milkweed Editions

157131367
Price: $26.00

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Serreze - Brave New Arctic

An insider account of how researchers unraveled the mystery of the thawing Arctic

In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground, known as permafrost, was warming, and treeless tundra was being overtaken by shrubs. What was going on? Brave New Arctic is Mark Serreze's riveting firsthand account of how scientists from around the globe came together to find answers.

In a sweeping tale of discovery spanning three decades, Serreze describes how puzzlement turned to concern and astonishment as researchers came to understand that the Arctic of old was quickly disappearing--with potentially devastating implications for the entire planet. Serreze is a world-renowned Arctic geographer and climatologist who has conducted fieldwork on ice caps, glaciers, sea ice, and tundra in the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic. In this must-read book, he blends invaluable insights from his own career with those of other pioneering scientists who, together, ushered in an exciting new age of Arctic exploration. Along the way, he accessibly describes the cutting-edge science that led to the alarming conclusion that the Arctic is rapidly thawing due to climate change, that humans are to blame, and that the global consequences are immense.

A gripping scientific adventure story, Brave New Arctic shows how the Arctic's extraordinary transformation serves as a harbinger of things to come if we fail to meet the challenge posed by a warming Earth.

ISBN-10: 0691173990
ISBN-13: 9780691173993
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Princeton University Press

069117399
Price: $24.95

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VanBrakle - Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard

Help preserve the environment, right in your own backyard.

Many people think of wildlife as something distant, creatures living in natural forests and remote public preserves. But most wildlife in the United States isn’t found in the distant wild. It lives on our private lands, in our very backyards. Because of this, America’s ten million woodland owners are in fact at the forefront in protecting US wildlife for generations to come.

But while most landowners want to help preserve the beauty of the natural environment, most are unsure where to begin. In Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard, author and landowner Josh VanBrakle provides readers with 101 easy-to-follow activities and practical approaches to help do just that. Some projects include:
• Installing a bat box
• Making a food plot
• Identifying trees that attract wildlife
• Forming a brush pile
• Assessing a stream's health
• Building a pond
• Learning bird calls
• Planning a backyard scavenger hunt

Complete with stunning wildlife photographs and an appendix of practical resources, Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard is an essential read for anyone who cares about the environment.

ISBN-10: 1510728481
ISBN-13: 9781510728486
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Skyhorse

151072848
Price: $19.99

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Wohlleben - The Weather Detective

The internationally bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees shows how we can decipher nature’s secret signs by studying the weather.

In this first-ever English translation of The Weather Detective, Peter Wohlleben uses his long experience and deep love of nature to help decipher the weather and our local environments in a completely new and compelling way. Analyzing the explanations for everyday questions and mysteries surrounding weather and natural phenomena, he delves into a new and intriguing world of scientific investigation.

At what temperature do bees stay home? Why do southerly winds in winter often bring storms? How can birdsong or flower scents help you tell the time? These are among the many questions Wohlleben poses in his newly translated book. Full of the very latest discoveries, combined with ancient now-forgotten lore, The Weather Detective helps you read nature’s secret signs and discover a rich new layer of meaning in the world around you.

ISBN-10: 1524743747
ISBN-13: 9781524743741
Release Year: 2018
Publisher: Dutton

152474374
Price: $20.00

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