Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 20, 2012 - Nature - 416 pages
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The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth.

Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty thousand fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. The chemical sense of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn’s awareness of its mother’s breast—all take place in the medium of air.

Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly “safe” air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logan’s work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is—like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle—a treasure trove of discovery.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Floating
The Spore Sucker
Where Fungi
The Ergot of the
The Pollen Rain Invisible Cities Is the Furniture Poison?
Weaving
Vortices
What Now?
The Wilderness of Pheromones
Allure
Zooming
Aphids in the Invisible World
What Is Sound?
The Answered Question
Nothing in Itbut What Goes through

Ground Truth
El Grecos Clouds
The Forecasters
The Weather on DDay
The Winds
Firestorm
Saab in Flight
Stall Practice
The Bat theBeethe BarHeaded Goose
Sonata Form and Chaos
The Tarpons Breath
The Quantity of Breath
Fogging the Mirror
Why the Daytime Sky Is Light
The Air Is a Slow Cold Flame
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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William Bryant Logan is a Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden, a sought-after lecturer and teacher, and a practicing arborist. He is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

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