Granite, Fire, and Fog

The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: University Press of New England

ISBN: 1512600458

Category: Nature

Page: 168

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Acadia National Park, on Maine's Mount Desert Island, is among the most popular national parks in the United States. From the road, visitors can experience magnificent vistas of summit and sea, but on a more intimate scale, equally compelling views abound along Acadia's hiking trails. Tom Wessels, an ecologist, naturalist, and avid hiker, attributes the park's popularity-and its unusual beauty-to the unique way in which earth, air, fire, and water-in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire, and ocean fog-have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else. In this beautifully illustrated book, Wessels invites readers to investigate the remarkable natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to. This account of nature, terrain, and human interaction with the landscape will delight those who like to hike these bald summits, ride along the carriage roads, or explore the island's rugged shoreline. Wessels concludes with a guided tour of one of his favorite hikes, a ten-mile loop that will acquaint the reader with the diverse ecosystems described throughout his book.

The Granite Landscape

A Natural History of America's Mountain Domes, from Acadia to Yosemite

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Author: Tom Wessels,Brian D. Cohen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780881505283

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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Chronicles and illustrates the natural history of North America's granite summits, introducing the origins of granite domes and mountains in Yosemite National Park, New York's Adirondack Mountains, and Maine's Acadia National Park.

The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods

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Author: Andrew M. Barton,Alan S. White,Charles V. Cogbill

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1611682959

Category: Nature

Page: 349

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The ecology of the ever-changing Maine forest

Guide to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park

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Author: Duane Braun,Ruth Braun

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1623170540

Category: Science

Page: 232

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This richly-illustrated, full-color guide to the geology of Mount Desert Island, Maine, the home of Acadia National Park, makes the spectacular scenery and rich geological history accessible to outdoor explorers, geology enthusiasts, and armchair travelers alike. The Guide grounds readers in basic geologic concepts before chronicling the unique history of the area from 550 million years ago to the present. Including information-packed self-guided trips with stops at 31 points of interest, this book is lavishly illustrated with 100 full color photos, maps, and illustrations that enhance appreciation of this national treasure. Duane and Ruth Braun relate the fascinating story of the region’s formation, explaining how a slice of South America with Mount Desert Island bordering its southern side landed on the edge of North America to form Maine. Another piece of South America collided with this landing, causing Mount Desert Island to erupt violently in a ten mile wide volcanic caldera. The Island then underwent a long period of stream erosion culminating in a period of glacial erosion to form the present landscape. The exceptional scenery that resulted has attracted visitors from around the world. This book unlocks the many secrets of the formations, offering a deeper understanding of the land and its origins.

New Wilderness Voices

Collected Essays from the Waterman Fund Contest

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Author: Christine Woodside

Publisher: University Press of New England

ISBN: 1512600857

Category: Nature

Page: 200

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Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting on and writing about the mountains of the Northeast. The Waterman Fund seeks to further their legacy of stewardship through an annual essay contest that celebrates and explores issues of wilderness, wildness, and humanity. Since 2008, the Waterman Fund has partnered with the journal Appalachia in seeking out new and emerging voices on these subjects, and in publishing the winning essay in the journal. Part of the contest's mission is to find and support such emerging writers, and a number of them have gone on to publish other work in Appalachia or their own books. The contest has succeeded admirably in fulfilling its mission: new writers have brought fresh perspectives to these timeless issues of wilderness and wildness. In New Wilderness Voices these winning essays are collected for the first time, along with the best runners-up. Together, they make up an important and celebratory addition to the growing body of environmental literature, and shed new light on our wild spaces.

Reading the Forested Landscape

A Natural History of New England

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780881504200

Category: Nature

Page: 199

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Chronicles the forest in New England from the Ice Age to current challenges

Forest Forensics: A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 1581578571

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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Take some of the mystery out of a walk in the woods with this new field guide from the author of Reading the Forested Landscape. Thousands of readers have had their experience of being in a forest changed forever by reading Tom Wessels's Reading the Forested Landscape. Was this forest once farmland? Was it logged in the past? Was there ever a major catastrophe like a fire or a wind storm that brought trees down? Now Wessels takes that wonderful ability to discern much of the history of the forest from visual clues and boils it all down to a manageable field guide that you can take out to the woods and use to start playing forest detective yourself. Wessels has created a key—a fascinating series of either/or questions—to guide you through the process of analyzing what you see. You’ll feel like a woodland Sherlock Holmes. No walk in the woods will ever be the same.

Geology Is a Piece of Cake

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Author: Katie Coppens

Publisher: Tumblehome Learning, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781943431465

Category:

Page: 40

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Geology made yummy! With scrumptious-looking photos, easy recipes, and cakes depicting accurate science, this book provides a fun and memorable approach to thinking about rock formation, tectonic plate movement, weathering, fossils and more.

The Myth of Progress

Toward a Sustainable Future

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Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1611684641

Category: Science

Page: 176

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A provocative critique of Western progress from a scientific perspective

The Lotus and the Storm

A Novel

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Author: Lan Cao

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698147499

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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A lyrical novel of love and betrayal in the aftermath of the fall of Saigon—from the author of Monkey Bridge A singular work of witness, inspiration, and courage, The Lotus and the Storm marks the welcome return of Lan Cao’s pitch-perfect voice, telling the story only she can tell. Four decades after the war, Vietnam’s flavors of clove and cinnamon have been re-created by a close-knit refugee community in a Virginia suburb. But the lives of Minh and Mai, father and daughter, are haunted by ghosts, secrets, and the loss of their country. During the disastrous last days in Saigon, in a whirl of military signals and helicopter evacuations, Mai never had a chance to say goodbye to so many people who meant so much to her. What happened to them? How will Mai cope with the trauma of war—and will the thay phap, a Vietnamese spirit exorcist, be able to heal her?

Fire and Ice

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Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

ISBN: 1632164612

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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Ex-lovers Donald and Carter reluctantly come together to care for orphaned Alex, and Alex’s secrets might be their key to happiness.

Rockhounding New England

A Guide to 100 of the Region's Best Rockhounding Sites

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Author: Peter Cristofono

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 149301224X

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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New England is one of the best regions in the country for rockhounds to hunt for minerals, gems, and fossils. The complex geology of the region hosts a stunning variety of material from gold-bearing placers to fossiliferous limestone; from gem-bearing pegmatites to rocks containing some of the rarest minerals on Earth. This book provides detailed directions and GPS coordinates to the best sites with valuable tips on what to tools to bring and how to conduct your search. Comprehensive lists of minerals or fossils for each site and excellent color photos will help you know what to look for and to identify what you’ve found. Information on clubs, rock shops, museums, and special attractions are provided. Written by a collector with over 35 years of experience, Rockhounding New England is the first comprehensive rock and mineral collecting guide to New England and a must-have for anyone interested in collecting their own minerals, gems, and fossils in the region.

In the Kingdom of Ice

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Author: Hampton Sides

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780745265

Category: History

Page: 999

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In 1879 the USS Jeanette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds and a frenzy of publicity. The ship and its crew, captained by the heroic George De Long, were heading for glory and the last unmapped area of the globe: the North Pole. But it was not long before the Jeanette was trapped in crushing pack ice. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies, facing a seemingly impossible trek across the endless ice. Battling everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In the Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

Beyond Tranquillon Ridge

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Author: Joseph N. Valencia

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 141844331X

Category: Nature

Page: 262

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For too long, the details of this tragedy have been shrouded in a fog of secrecy. Beyond Tranquillon Ridge is a story that recounts the firefighting efforts during a frenzied 24- hour period known as the "Honda Canyon Fire." It is a history of the strategies and tactics used and it includes many first-hand accounts of the conditions that firefighters and the military faced on the front lines-including the tragic deaths of their comrades. Joseph Valencia offers a brilliant look back; re-creating the sights and sounds of actual firefighting; descriptive overviews of the landscape of South Vandenberg, with rich profiles and command level decisions of the brave men who fought it. In the end, this one day in 1977 stands out as the pivotal time when wind and fire combined into a firestorm and where past compromises affected an outcome.

Lorine Niedecker

Collected Works

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Author: Lorine Niedecker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 052093542X

Category: Poetry

Page: 494

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"The Brontës had their moors, I have my marshes," Lorine Niedecker wrote of flood-prone Black Hawk Island in Wisconsin, where she lived most of her life. Her life by water, as she called it, could not have been further removed from the avant-garde poetry scene where she also made a home. Niedecker is one of the most important poets of her generation and an essential member of the Objectivist circle. Her work attracted high praise from her peers--Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Cid Corman, Clayton Eshleman--with whom she exchanged life-sustaining letters. Niedecker was also a major woman poet who interrogated issues of gender, domesticity, work, marriage, and sexual politics long before the modern feminist movement. Her marginal status, both geographically and as a woman, translates into a major poetry. Niedecker's lyric voice is one of the most subtle and sensuous of the twentieth century. Her ear is constantly alive to sounds of nature, oddities of vernacular speech, textures of vowels and consonants. Often compared to Emily Dickinson, Niedecker writes a poetry of wit and emotion, cosmopolitan experimentation and down-home American speech. This much-anticipated volume presents all of Niedecker's surviving poetry, plays, and creative prose in the sequence of their composition. It includes many poems previously unpublished in book form plus all of Niedecker's surviving 1930s surrealist work and her 1936-46 folk poetry, bringing to light the formative experimental phases of her early career. With an introduction that offers an account of the poet's life and notes that provide detailed textual information, this book will be the definitive reader's and scholar's edition of Niedecker's work.

Surfaces and Essences

Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

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Author: Douglas Hofstadter,Emmanuel Sander

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465018475

Category: Philosophy

Page: 592

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Shows how analogy-making pervades human thought at all levels, influencing the choice of words and phrases in speech, providing guidance in unfamiliar situations, and giving rise to great acts of imagination.

Between the Lines

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Author: Jodi Picoult,Samantha van Leer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451635753

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy-tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom.

Megafire

The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame

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Author: Michael Kodas

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547792123

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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A brilliant exploration of the rising phenomenon of megafires—forest fires of alarming scale, intensity, and devastation—that explains the science of what is causing them and captures the danger and heroism of those who fight them In Megafire, a world-renowned journalist and forest fire expert travels to the most dangerous and remote wildernesses, as well as to the backyards of people faced with these environmental disasters, to look at the heart of this phenomenon and witness firsthand the heroic efforts of the firefighters and scientists racing against time to stop it—or at least to tame these deadly flames. From Colorado to California, China to Canada, the narrative hopscotches the globe and takes readers to the frontlines of the battle both on the ground and in the air, and in the laboratories, universities, and federal agencies where this issue rages on. Through this prism of perspectives, Kodas zeroes in on a handful of the most terrifying and tumultuous of these environmental disasters in recent years—the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona that took the lives of nineteen elite “hotshot” firefighters, the Waldo Canyon Fire that overwhelmed the city of Colorado Springs—and more in a page-turning narrative that puts a face on the brave people at the heart of this issue. Megafire describes the profound impact of these fires around the earth and will change the way we think about the environment and the essential precariousness of our world.

Second Glance

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Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416549196

Category: Abenaki Indians

Page: 514

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Maine on Glass

The Early Twentieth Century in Glass Plate Photography

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Author: W. H. Bunting,Kevin Johnson,Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780884483786

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 224

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Nineteenth-century Maine famed for its lumbering, shipbuilding, and seafaring has attracted copious attention from historians, but early twentieth-century Maine has not. Maine on Glass redresses this imbalance with 190 postcard photos and three of Maine s foremost historians."