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The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intel...
by Carl Sagan

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English

Pages

289

Publication Date

September 26, 2012

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<b>“A history of the human brain from the big bang, fifteen billion years ago, to the day before yesterday . . . It's a delight.”—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br />Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends—and their amazing links to recent discoveries. <br /><br /><b>“How can I persuade every intelligent person to read this important and elegant book? . . . He talks about all kinds of things: the why of the pain of human childbirth . . . the reason for sleeping and dreaming . . . chimpanzees taught to communicate in deaf and dumb language . . . the definition of death . . . cloning . . . computers . . . intelligent life on other planets. . . . Fascinating . . . delightful.”—<i>The Boston Globe<br /></i></b><br /><b>“In some lost Eden where dragons ruled, the foundations of our intelligence were laid. . . . Carl Sagan takes us on a guided tour of that lost land. . . . Fascinating . . . entertaining . . . masterful.”—<i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i></b>
The Egg and I
by Betty MacDonald

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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<p>When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall—through chaos and catastrophe—this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.</p><p>A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's <em>The Egg and I</em> is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier.</p>
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p><b>“A remarkable story beautifully told…Among such classics as Goodall’s <i>In the Shadow of Man </i>and Fossey’s <i>Gorillas in the Mist</i>.”—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.<br /><br /> An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses’s life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.</p>
Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerabl...
by Hannah Shaw

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English

Pages

334

Publication Date

August 06, 2019

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<b><b>*A <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller*</b><br /> <b>#1 National Bestseller</b><br /><br />From Kitten Lady, the professional kitten rescuer, humane educator, animal advocate, and owner of the popular Instagram @kittenxlady comes the definitive book on saving the most vulnerable—and adorable—feline population: newborn kittens.</b><br /><br />Hannah Shaw, better known as Kitten Lady, has dedicated her life to saving the tiniest felines, but one doesn't have to be a professional kitten rescuer to change—and save—lives. In <i>Tiny but Mighty</i>, Hannah not only outlines the dangers newborn kittens face and how she combats them, but how you can help every step of the way, from fighting feline overpopulation on the streets to fostering unweaned kittens, from combating illness to combating compassion fatigue, from finding a vet to finding the purrfect forever home. Filled with information on animal welfare, instructional guides, and personal rescue stories of kittens like Chloe, Tidbit, Hank, and Badger—not to mention hundreds of adorable kitten photos—<i>Tiny but Mighty</i> is the must-have kitten book for cat lovers, current-and-future rescuers, foster parents, activists, and advocates.
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Tr...
by Michael Finkel

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<b>Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality—not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own.</b> <br /><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><br /><br />In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
Salt: A World History
by Mark Kurlansky

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English

Pages

494

Publication Date

January 28, 2003

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<p><b>An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of <i>Cod </i> and <i>The Basque History of the World<br /><br /></i></b>In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, <b><i>Salt</i> </b>is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.</p>
The Eye of the Elephant: An Epic Adventure in the African Wildern...
by , Mark Owens

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

October 29, 1993

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<b>The authors of <i>Secrets of the Sahara</i> battle the elephant poachers of Zambia in this “exciting . . . part adventure story, part wildlife tale” (<i>The Boston Globe</i>).</b><br /><br /> Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, about a thousand of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants.<br />  <br /><i>The Eye of the Elephant</i> recounts the Owens’ struggle to save these innocent animals from decimation, a journey not only to supply the natives with ways of supporting their villages, but also to cultivate support around the globe for the protection of elephants. Filled with daring exploits among disgruntled hunters, arduous labor on the African plains, and vivid depictions of various wildlife, this remarkable tale is at once an adventure story, a travelogue, a preservationist call to action, and a fascinating examination of both human and animal nature.
The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California
by Mark Arax

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English

Pages

577

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<b><b>"[An] exhaustive, deeply reported account... Few other journalists could have written a book as personal and authoritative... As Arax makes plain in this important book, it's been the same story in California for almost two centuries now: When it comes to water, 'the resource is finite. The greed isn't.'"--Gary Krist, </b><b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><b></b><br /><br />A vivid, searching journey into California's capture of water and soil--the epic story of a people's defiance of nature and the wonders, and ruin, it has wrought</b><br /><br />Mark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers, a writer with deep ties to the land who has watched the battles over water intensify even as California lurches from drought to flood and back again. In <i>The Dreamt Land, </i>he travels the state to explore the one-of-a-kind distribution system, built in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, that is straining to keep up with California's relentless growth.<br /><br />This is a heartfelt, beautifully written book about the land and the people who have worked it--from gold miners to wheat ranchers to small fruit farmers and today's Big Ag. Since the beginning, Californians have redirected rivers, drilled ever-deeper wells and built higher dams, pushing the water supply past its limit.<br /><br /><i>The Dreamt Land </i>weaves reportage, history and memoir to confront the "Golden State" myth in riveting fashion. No other chronicler of the West has so deeply delved into the empires of agriculture that drink so much of the water. The nation's biggest farmers--the nut king, grape king and citrus queen--tell their story here for the first time.<br />This is a tale of politics and hubris in the arid West, of imported workers left behind in the sun and the fatigued earth that is made to give more even while it keeps sinking. But when drought turns to flood once again, all is forgotten as the farmers plant more nuts and the developers build more houses.<br /><br />Arax, the native son, is persistent and tough as he treks from desert to delta, mountain to valley. What he finds is hard earned, awe-inspiring, tragic and revelatory. In the end, his compassion for the land becomes an elegy to the dream that created California and now threatens to undo it.
Free-Surface Flow: Environmental Fluid Mechanics
by Nikolaos D. Katopodes

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English

Pages

990

Publication Date

August 21, 2018

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<p><i>Free Surface Flow: Environmental Fluid Mechanics</i> introduces a wide range of environmental fluid flows, such as water waves, land runoff, channel flow, and effluent discharge. The book provides systematic analysis tools and basic skills for study fluid mechanics in natural and constructed environmental flows. As the prediction of changes in free surfaces in rivers, lakes, estuaries and in the ocean directly affects the design of structures that control surface waters, and because planning for the allocation of fresh-water resources in a sustainable manner is an essential goal, this book provides the necessary background and research. </p><ul><li>Helps users determine the transfer of solute mass through the air-water interface</li><li>Presents tactics on the impact of free shear flow in the environment and how to quantify mixing mechanisms in turbulent jets and wakes</li><li>Gives users tactics to predict the fate and transport of contaminants in stratified lakes and estuaries</li></ul>
Hands On Water and Wastewater Equipment Maintenance, Volume II
by Barbara Renner

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English

Pages

561

Publication Date

December 06, 2017

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Hands-On Water/Wastewater Equipment Maintenance, Volumes 1 and 2 deals with equipment maintenance as individual components, not as complete machines, allowing more information about the design, application and maintenance requirements of machinery to be presented. This work-related inventory of wastewater covers plant components where breakdowns most frequently occur. The text explains the design, operation and maintenance of equipment critical to plant functioning; motors, pumps, blowers, mixers and more. The author demonstrates how careful attention to specific equipment parts and operation, especially through systematic maintenance, will lead to fewer breakdowns and more rapid repairs. These texts cover basic operating characteristics of machinery components, making them a valuable reference source as well as a training and maintenance manual.Written in easy-to-understand language, without complex formulas or technical theories, Hands-On Water/Wastewater Equipment Maintenance Volumes 1 and 2 provides you with basic information to help you acquire a general understanding of how components function and how to keep equipment operating properly. These two volumes belong in every water and wastewater treatment plant as a reference and manual for equipment maintenance. The hands-on approach provides maintenance operators, crew leaders and supervisors with practical information about how the machinery they work with every day functions, and how to keep it running smoothly.

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