Rivers in Time

The Search for Clues to Earth's Mass Extinctions

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Author: Peter D. Ward

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780231118637

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Elaborating on and updating Ward's previous work, "The End of Evolution," "Rivers in Time" delves into his newest discoveries. The book presents the gripping tale of the author's investigations into the history of life and death on Earth through a series of expeditions that have brought him ever closer to the truth about mass extinctions, past and future.

Rivers in Time

The Search for Clues to Earth's Mass Extinctions

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Author: Peter Douglas Ward

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231118620

Category: Nature

Page: 315

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Elaborating on and updating Ward's previous work, The End of Evolution, Rivers in Time delves into his newest discoveries. The book presents the gripping tale of the author's investigations into the history of life and death on Earth through a series of expeditions that have brought him ever closer to the truth about mass extinctions, past and future.

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society

FIVE-VOLUME SET

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Author: Paul Robbins

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452265585

Category: Science

Page: 2736

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The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society brings together multiplying issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies, with the goal of clearly explicating an emerging way of thinking about people and nature. With more than 1,200 entries written by experts from incredibly diverse fields, this innovative resource is a first step toward diving into the deep pool of emerging knowledge. The five volumes of this Encyclopedia represent more than a catalogue of terms. Rather, they capture the spirit of the moment, a fascinating time when global warming and genetic engineering represent only two of the most obvious examples of socio-environmental issues.

Correction Lines

Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation

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Author: Curt Meine

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559637323

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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The last fifteen years have been a period of dramatic change, both in the world at large and within the fields of ecology and conservation. The end of the Cold War, the dot-com boom and bust, the globalizing economy, and the attacks of September 11, among other events and trends, have reshaped our worldview and the political environment in which we find ourselves. At the same time, emerging knowledge, needs, and opportunities have led to a rapid evolution in our understanding of the scientific foundations and social context of conservation. Correction Lines is a new collection of essays from one of our most thoughtful and eloquent writers on conservation, putting these recent changes into perspective and exploring the questions they raise about the past, present, and future of the conservation movement. The essays explore interrelated themes: the relationship between biological and social dimensions; the historic tension between utilitarian and preservationist approaches; the integration of varied cultural perspectives; the enduring legacy of Aldo Leopold; the contrasts and continuities between conservation and environmentalism; the importance of political reform; and the need to "retool" conservation to address twentyfirst-century realities. Collectively the essays assert that we have reached a critical juncture in conservation-a "correction line" of sorts. Correction Lines argues that we need a more coherent and comprehensive account of the past if we are to understand our present circumstances and move forward under unprecedented conditions. Meine brings together a deep sense of history with powerful language and compelling imagery, yielding new insights into the origins and development of contemporary conservation. Correction Lines will help us think more clearly about the forces that have changed, and are changing, conservation, and inspire us to address current realities and future needs.

The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 15

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Author: Gardner Dozois

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780337205

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Now in its fifteenth successful yearl; Once again this annual offering of the best SF includes the work of established masters of the form and of bright new talents, including Stephen Baxter, M. Shayne Bell, Greg Egan, Nancy Kress, Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul J. McCauley, Severan Park, Brian Stableford, Michael Swanwick, Robert Charles Wilson, and many more. Gardner Dozois has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor a staggering eleven times, just proving that his is simply the most comprehensive and entertaining SF collection around. It embraces every aspect of the genre - soft, hard, cyberpunk, cyber noir, anthropological, military and adventure, and every year thousands of fans eagerly await his latest selection.

Dinosaurs by the Decades: A Chronology of the Dinosaur in Science and Popular Culture

A Chronology of the Dinosaur in Science and Popular Culture

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Author: Randy Moore

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313393656

Category: Science

Page: 473

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Providing an appealing chronology of "all things dinosaur," this book covers these ancient creatures' roles and surprising importance in science, religion, and society at large. • Depicts the history, breadth, depth, and diversity of how humans have learned about, argued over, and made use of dinosaurs—a resource appropriate for public, school, or academic libraries • Examines the events of the earliest discoveries of fossilized remains of dinosaurs and how those discoveries often became interwoven with religious ideas • Includes photographs, a glossary, an appendix of geological time, and a detailed, cross-referenced index to assist researchers and general readers

Earth Sciences History

Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Earth sciences

Page: N.A

View: 344

Native Americans and the Environment

Perspectives on the Ecological Indian

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Author: Michael E. Harkin,David Rich Lewis

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 367

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Native Americans and the Environment brings together an interdisciplinary group of prominent scholars whose works continue and complicate the conversations that Shepard Krech started in The Ecological Indian. Hailed as a masterful synthesis and yet assailed as a problematic political tract, Shepard Krech’s work prompted significant discussions in scholarly communities and among Native Americans. Rather than provide an explicit assessment of Krech’s thesis, the contributors to this volume explore related historical and contemporary themes and subjects involving Native Americans and the environment, reflecting their own research and experience. At the same time, they also assess the larger issue of representation. The essays examine topics as divergent as Pleistocene extinctions and the problem of storing nuclear waste on modern reservations. They also address the image of the “ecological Indian” and its use in natural history displays alongside a consideration of the utility and consequences of employing such a powerful stereotype for political purposes. The nature and evolution of traditional ecological knowledge is examined, as is the divergence between belief and practice in Native resource management. Geographically, the focus extends from the eastern Subarctic to the Northwest Coast, from the Great Lakes to the Great Plains to the Great Basin.

Bringing Fossils To Life: An Introduction To Paleobiology

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Author: Donald Prothero

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 503

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This is the first text to combine both paleontology and paleobiology. Traditional textbooks treat these separately, despite the recent trend to combine them in teaching. It bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and purely descriptive invertebrate paleontology books. The text is targeted at undergraduate geology and biology majors, with the emphasis on organisms, rather than dead objects to be described and catalogued. Current ideas from modern biology, ecology, population genetics, and many other concepts will be applied to the study of the fossil record.

Life on earth

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Author: Niles Eldredge

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781576072868

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Discover

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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Forthcoming Books

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Author: Rose Arny

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

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The end of evolution

on mass extinctions and the preservation of biodiversity

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Author: Peter Douglas Ward

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 301

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A paleontologist and author of On Methuselah's Trail draws on present-day research and the fossil record to recreate prehistoric life and to search for clues to the catastrophic mass extinctions that have transformed the evolution of life.

Unsere einsame Erde

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Author: Peter D. Ward,Donald Brownlee

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3642565069

Category: Science

Page: 374

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Sind wir vielleicht allein im Universum? Die Antworten überraschen und führen den Leser auf eine faszinierende Reise von den vulkanischen Quellen des Ozeanbodens bis zum Jupiter-Mond. "...ein stellares Beispiel präziser Ausdruckskraft." (American Scientist)

Das sechste Sterben

Wie der Mensch Naturgeschichte schreibt

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Author: Elizabeth Kolbert

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518466872

Category:

Page: 300

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Future Evolution

An Illuminated History of Life to Come

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Author: Peter D. Ward

Publisher: W. H. Freeman

ISBN: 9780716734963

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Everyone wonders what tomorrow holds, but what will the real future look like? Not decades or even hundreds of years from now, but thousands or millions of years into the future. Will our species change radically? Or will we become builders of the next dominant intelligence on Earth- the machine? These and other seemingly fantastic scenarios are the very possible realities explored in Peter Ward's Future Evolution, a penetrating look at what might come next in the history of the planet. Looking to the past for clues about the future, Ward describes how the main catalyst for evolutionary change has historically been mass extinction. While many scientist direly predict that humanity will eventually create such a situation, Ward argues that one is already well underway--the extinction of large mammals--and that a new Age of Humanity is coming that will radically revise the diversity of life on Earth. Finally, Ward examines the question of human extinction and reaches the startling conclusion that the likeliest scenario is not our imminent demise but long term survival--perhaps reaching as far as the death of the Sun! Full of Alexis Rockman's breathtaking color images of what animals, plants and other organisms might look like thousands and millions of years from now, Future Evolution takes readers on an incredible journey through time from the deep past into the far future.