Mountain Nature

Mountain Nature
Author: Jennifer Frick-Ruppert
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2010-04-15
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9780807898260

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The Southern Appalachians are home to a breathtakingly diverse array of living things--from delicate orchids to carnivorous pitcher plants, from migrating butterflies to flying squirrels, and from brawny black bears to more species of salamander than anywhere else in the world. Mountain Nature is a lively and engaging account of the ecology of this remarkable region. It explores the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians and the webs of interdependence that connect them. Within the region's roughly 35 million acres, extending from north Georgia through the Carolinas to northern Virginia, exists a mosaic of habitats, each fostering its own unique natural community. Stories of the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachians are intertwined with descriptions of the seasons, giving readers a glimpse into the interlinked rhythms of nature, from daily and yearly cycles to long-term geological changes. Residents and visitors to Great Smoky Mountains or Shenandoah National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or any of the national forests or other natural attractions within the region will welcome this appealing introduction to its ecological wonders.

King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain
Author: Arnold M. Ludwig
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2013-07-24
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 9780813143309

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People may choose to ignore their animal heritage by interpreting their behavior as divinely inspired, socially purposeful, or even self-serving, all of which they attribute to being human, but they masticate, fornicate, and procreate, much as chimps and apes do, so they should have little cause to get upset if they learn that they act like other primates when they politically agitate, debate, abdicate, placate, and administrate, too." -- from the book King of the Mountain presents the startling findings of Arnold M. Ludwig's eighteen-year investigation into why people want to rule. The answer may seem obvious -- power, privilege, and perks -- but any adequate answer also needs to explain why so many rulers cling to power even when they are miserable, trust nobody, feel besieged, and face almost certain death. Ludwig's results suggest that leaders of nations tend to act remarkably like monkeys and apes in the way they come to power, govern, and rule. Profiling every ruler of a recognized country in the twentieth century -- over 1,900 people in all­­, Ludwig establishes how rulers came to power, how they lost power, the dangers they faced, and the odds of their being assassinated, committing suicide, or dying a natural death. Then, concentrating on a smaller sub-set of 377 rulers for whom more extensive personal information was available, he compares six different kinds of leaders, examining their characteristics, their childhoods, and their mental stability or instability to identify the main predictors of later political success. Ludwig's penetrating observations, though presented in a lighthearted and entertaining way, offer important insight into why humans have engaged in war throughout recorded history as well as suggesting how they might live together in peace.

Slide Mountain Or The Folly of Owning Nature

Slide Mountain  Or  The Folly of Owning Nature
Author: Theodore Steinberg
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 228
Release: 1995
Genre: History
ISBN: 0520087631

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"A beautifully written work. . . . A tremendously fresh assessment of not only the perils of owning nature, but an entire realm of public and private thoughts, writings, laws, and legislation having to do with nature, property, conservation, and culture."--William Deverell, author of Railroad Crossings


Author: Veronica della Dora
Publsiher: Reaktion Books
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2016-09-15
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9781780236957

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Majestic and awe-inspiring, there is nothing like the sight of a mountain on the horizon. Throughout all of human history mountains have been linked to the eternal, attracting us to their dizzying heights, stunning us with their natural beauty, and often threatening us with their dangers. Through a compelling journey to both real and imaginary peaks, this book explores how the mountain has figured in our history, culture, and imaginations. Veronica della Dora explores the ways mountains have functioned spiritually as a boundary between life and death, a bridge between the earth and the heavens. Interlacing science, culture, and religion, she sketches the mountain as a geological phenomenon that has profoundly influenced and been influenced by the human imagination, shaping our environmental consciousness and helping us understand our—quite small indeed—place in the world. She also explores their significance as objects of human feats, as prizes of adventure and sport, and as places of serene beauty for vacationers. Magnificently illustrated and showcasing famous peaks from all around the world, Mountain offers a fascinating dual portrait of these giants in nature and culture.

Discovering Nature on the Mountainside

Discovering Nature on the Mountainside
Author: Lenka Chytilová,Hedviga Gutierrez
Publsiher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Total Pages: 14
Release: 2021-09-07
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781637410738

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This beautifully illustrated and educational children’s book explores mountain wildlife and how different animals live through the seasons. Strap on your boots and set out to explore a gorgeous mountainside! Discover all the amazing animals that call the mountains home. See how they live throughout the seasons—from bears and bats to eagles, mountain goats, marmots, and so much more. From which animals turn white when it snows to which are the best ice and rock climbers, young readers will learn all kinds of fun facts in this delightful picture book. This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book

Ecology Wonder in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site

Ecology   Wonder in the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site
Author: Robert W. Sandford
Publsiher: Athabasca University Press
Total Pages: 379
Release: 2010
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781897425572

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Ecology and Wonder celebrates Western Canada's breathtaking landscape. The book makes several remarkable claims. The greatest cultural achievement in the mountain region of western Canada may be what has been preserved, not what has been developed. Protecting the spine of the Rocky Mountains will preserve crucial ecological functions. Because the process of ecosystem diminshment and species loss has been slowed, an ecological thermostat has been kept alive. This may well be an important defence against future impacts of climate change in the Canadian West.

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas
Author: Karen Kane
Publsiher: Lerner Publications
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2001-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 0822530406

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Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycle of mountain gorillas.

Birds and All Nature in Natural Colors

Birds and All Nature in Natural Colors
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 618
Release: 1898
Genre: Birds
ISBN: UOM:39015061896299

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