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 Language of Landscape

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Author: Anne Whiston Spirn

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300082944

Category: Architecture

Page: 326

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This eloquent and powerful book combines poetry and pragmatism to teach the language of landscape. Anne Whiston Spirn, author of the award-winning The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design, argues that the language of landscape exists with its own syntax, grammar, and metaphors, and that we imperil ourselves by failing to learn to read and speak this language. To understand the meanings of landscape, our habitat, is to see the world differently and to enable ourselves to avoid profound aesthetic and environmental mistakes. Offering examples that range across thousands of years and five continents, Spirn examines urban, rural, and natural landscapes. She discusses the thought of renowned landscape authors--Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, Lawrence Halprin--and of less well known pioneers, including Australian architect Glenn Murcutt and Danish landscape artist C. Th. Sørensen. She discusses instances of great landscape designers using landscape fluently, masterfully, and sometimes cynically. And, in a probing analysis of the many meanings of landscape, Spirn shows how one person's ideal landscape may be another's nightmare, how Utopian landscapes can be dark. There is danger when we lose the connection between a place and our understanding of it, Spirn warns, and she calls for change in the way we shape our environment, based on the notions of nature as a set of ideas and landscape as the expression of action and ideas in place.

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

Lakes and Ponds of the Granite State

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Author: Bruce D. Heald

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738504988

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 1969

Nature chose to endow New Hampshire with an infinite variety of lakes and ponds, almost inexhaustible in resources and unlimited in beauty. Each lake holds its own fishing secrets, curving nooks, jagged rocks, and intricate shoreline. For generations, the lakes and ponds have wielded their magnetic force, attracting thousands of residents and visitors in every season of the year. Lakes and Ponds of the Granite State invites you to explore the many wonders of these charmed places. You will see the sun glancing off the wind-flecked surface, hear the breeze rustle the shoreward-bending trees, feel the coolness of the water, and eye a prized trout or two. You will encounter not only those lakes that come to mind first--Winnipesaukee, Sunapee, Squam, and Newfound--but nearly one hundred others, including Dublin and Spofford and the breathtaking Gloriette Lake.

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 Garden

Urban Nature And Human Design

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Author: Anne W. Spirn

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780465027064

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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This award-winning book by a Harvard landscape architect proves how important it is to understand the natural settings of cities—their air, water, geology, plant, and animal life—to create better, more habitable urban environments.

The Granite Monthly

A Magazine of Literature, History and State Progress

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Local history

Page: N.A

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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.

Glaciers and Granite

A Guide to Maine's Landscape and Geology

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Author: David L. Kendall

Publisher: North Country Press (ME)

ISBN: 9780945980407

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Rockbound, granite-ribbed, rivercarved, and lake-dotted, Maine is characterized by its geology, and yet most of us simply admire the scenery without knowing the fascinating story behind it. Glaciers & Granite tells us that story, the why behind all of Maine's scenic splendor. David Kendall vividly explains why Maine's landscape is so geologically varied and interesting. Whether you want to read about one particular place or to explore all of the state's outstanding features, Glaciers & Granite is the perfect guide.

The Granite Monthly

A Magazine of Literature, History and State Progress

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Author: Otis Grant Hammond

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New Hampshire

Page: N.A

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Contains articles on the White Mountains and a map.

The Granite Monthly

A New Hampshire Magazine Devoted to History, Biography, Literature, and State Progress

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Author: Henry Harrison Metcalf,John Norris McClintock

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New Hampshire

Page: N.A

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Landscapes and Landforms of Italy

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Author: Mauro Soldati,Mauro Marchetti

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319261940

Category: Science

Page: 539

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The book deals with the most striking landscapes and landforms of Italy. Attention is given to landform diversity and landscape evolution through time which has been controlled by very diverse geological conditions and dramatic climate changes that have characterized the Italian peninsula and islands since the end of the last glaciation. In addition, various examples of human impact on the landscape are presented. Landscapes and Landforms of Italy contains more than thirty case studies of a multitude of Italian geographical landmarks. The topics and sites described in this book range from the Alpine glaciers to the Etna and Vesuvius volcanoes, taking into account the most representative fluvial, coastal, gravity-induced, karst and structural landscapes of the country. Chapters on the geomorphological landmarks of the cities of Rome and Venice are also included. The book provides the readers with the opportunity to explore the variety of Italian landscapes and landforms through informative texts illustrated with several color maps and photos. This book will be relevant to scientists, scholars and any readers interested in geology, physical geography, geomorphology, landscape tourism, geoheritage and environmental protection.

Geomorphological Landscapes of the World

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Author: Piotr Migon

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048130559

Category: Science

Page: 375

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Physical landscapes are one of the most fascinating facets of our Planet, which tell stories about the evolution of the surface of the Earth. This book provides up-to-date information about the geomorphology of the selected ‘classic’ sites from around the world and shows the variety of geomorphological landscapes as moulded by different sets of processes acting over different timescales, from millions of years to days. The volume is written by nearly fifty geomorphologists from more than twenty countries who for many years have researched some of the unique sceneries on the planet. The thirty six chapters present each continent of the world. They describe landscapes of different origin, so that the reader can learn about the complexity of processes behind the sceneries. This is a useful reference book, linking geomorphology with global initiatives focused on nature conservation.

Landscapes and Landforms of Spain

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Author: Francisco Gutiérrez,Mateo Gutiérrez

Publisher: Springer Science & Business

ISBN: 9401786283

Category: Science

Page: 348

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The Landscapes and Landforms of Spain provides an informative and inviting overview of the geology and geomorphology of Spain. It incorporates a diverse range of topics, ranging from the fiery landscapes of the Canary Islands and its volcanic formations to the glacial scenery of the Pyrenees. The book devotes attention to granite landforms, karst terrains, coastal dunes and marshes, as well as to heritage and conservation, with the objective of offering the reader a comprehensive insight into the Spanish geological setting. The book presents readers with the opportunity to explore Spanish landforms in detail through its highly illustrated pages and maps, making this an appealing text on the subject field.

Geology and Landscape Evolution

General Principles Applied to the United States

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Author: Joseph A. DiPietro

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0128111925

Category: Science

Page: 636

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Geology and Landscape Evolution: General Principles Applied to the United States, Second Edition, is an accessible text that balances interdisciplinary theory and applications within the physical geography, geology, geomorphology and climatology of the United States. The vast diversity of terrain and landscape across the United States makes this an ideal tool for geoscientists worldwide who research the country’s geological and landscape evolution. The book provides an explanation of how landscape forms, how it evolves and why it looks the way it does. This new edition is fully updated with greater detail throughout and additional figures, maps, drawings and photographs. Rather than limiting the coverage specifically to tectonics or to the origin and evolution of rocks with little regard for the actual landscape beyond general desert, river and glacial features, this book concentrates specifically on the origin of the landscape itself, with specific and exhaustive reference to examples from across the United States. The book begins with a discussion of how rock type and rock structure combine with tectonic activity, climate, isostasy and sea level change to produce landscape and then explores predicting how landscape will evolve. The book goes on to apply those concepts to specific examples throughout the United States, making it a valuable resource for understanding theoretical geological concepts through a practical lens. Presents the complexities of physical geography, geology, geomorphology and climatology of the United States through an interdisciplinary, highly accessible approach Offers hundreds of full-color figures, maps and photographs that capture the systematic interaction of land, rock, rivers, glaciers, global wind patterns and climate, including Google Earth images Provides a thorough assessment of the logic, rationale, and tools required to understand how to interpret landscape and the geological history of the Earth Features exercises that conclude each chapter, aiding in the retention of key concepts Updated with greater detail throughout and additional figures, maps, drawings and photographs Includes additional subheadings so that material is easier to find and digest Includes an all-new chapter on glaciation and expanded exercises using Google Earth images to enhance understanding

Landscapes and Landforms of Hungary

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Author: Dénes Loczy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319089978

Category: Science

Page: 294

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This volume is the first comprehensive description of the most spectacular landforms of Hungary. It is a richly illustrated book which presents a collection of significant sites, capturing the geodiversity of Hungarian landscapes. The Landscapes and Landforms of Hungary discusses the effects of geomorphological features to the landscape, such as volcanism, weathering, fluvial or aeolian erosion, karst formation, gravitational movements, and others. The importance of the conservation of geomorphological heritage is underlined, as well as the importance of geomorphological heritage and conservation. This book can be used for undergraduate and graduate courses in geomorphology, physical geography, hydrogeography, and nature conservation. It will be of benefit to environmental scientists, geomorphologists, conservationists, among others.

Uncommon Ground

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Author: Dominick Tyler

Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing

ISBN: 9781783350483

Category: English language

Page: 247

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'Out ... over the hill and then down the dip and through some lumpy bits.' This was how the author used to describe the places he roamed during his childhood in rural Cornwall. He began collecting words for landscape features, words like jackstraw, zawn, clitter and cowbelly. In this book he gathers them into a glossary of the British landscape.

Rocky Outcrops in Australia

Ecology, Conservation and Management

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Author: Damian Michael,David Lindenmayer

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 1486307922

Category: Science

Page: 184

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Rocky outcrops are landscape features with disproportionately high biodiversity values relative to their size. They support specialised plants and animals, and a wide variety of endemic species. To Indigenous Australians, they are sacred places and provide valuable resources. Despite their ecological and cultural importance, many rocky outcrops and associated biota are threatened by agricultural and recreational activities, forestry and mining operations, invasive weeds, altered fire regimes and climate change. Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management contains chapters on why this habitat is important, the animals that live and depend on these formations, key threatening processes and how rocky outcrops can be managed to improve biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes, state forests and protected areas. This book will be an important reference for landholders, Landcare groups, naturalists interested in Australian wildlife and natural resource managers.

Green Infrastructure

Linking Landscapes and Communities

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Author: Mark A. Benedict,Edward T. McMahon,Mark A. The Conservation Fund

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597267649

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

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With illustrative and detailed examples drawn from throughout the country, Green Infrastructure advances smart land conservation: large scale thinking and integrated action to plan, protect and manage our natural and restored lands. From the individual parcel to the multi-state region, Green Infrastructure helps each of us look at the landscape in relation to the many uses it could serve, for nature and people, and determine which use makes the most sense. In this wide-ranging primer, leading experts in the field provide a detailed how-to for planners, designers, landscape architects, and citizen activists