Dead Reckoning

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - History - 566 pages
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There are few thrills as exciting as weather at its worst. We often hear on the news that the day was the hottest, coldest, wettest, or snowiest on record. Is the climate really becoming more extreme as a result of global warming? The facts are in this book. Extensively illustrated with colour photographs of some of the most extreme weather ever captured on camera, more than fifty colour maps, and tables of weather records for over three hundred U.S. cities, this book is both an entertainment and an indispensable reference. Also included are historical examples of some of the more bizarre weather events observed: heat bursts, electrified dust storms, snow rollers, pink snowstorms, luminous tornadoes, falls of fish and toads, ball lightning, super bolts, and other strange meteorological events. Here's the must-have book for Weather Channel and Guinness Book of World Records fans.
 

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Dead reckoning: great adventure writing from the golden age of exploration, 1800-1900

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Whybrow shows up today's "extreme" adventurers in this hefty collection of 19th-century narratives. Before corporate sponsorship, before helicopter rescues, even before Sir Ernest Shackleton's famous ... Read full review

Contents

Acknmvledgments
15
JOHN WESLEY POWELL
39
CLARENCE KING
62
FRIDTJOF NANSEN
86
GEORGE WALLACE MELVILLE
112
GEORGE KENNAN
125
CHARLES DARWIN
145
ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE
159
ELIZABETH LE BLOND
311
MARK TWAIN SAMUEL L CLEMENS
335
FILIPPO DE FILIPPI
365
CAPTAIN JOHN CLAUS VOSS
378
LIFELONG QUESTS
403
A HENRY SAVAGE LANDOR
419
JOHN MUIR
441
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
455

HENRY MORTON STANLEY
178
WILLIAM JOHN WILLS
196
PERSONAL ODYSSEYS
217
RICHARD HENRY DANA
241
FRANK THOMAS BULLEN
264
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
278
MRS ALFRED MARY MUMMERY
291
ISABELLA BIRD
476
MARY KINGSLEY
495
STEPHENS
534
SVEN HEOIN
548
Bibliography
565
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About the author (2005)

Helen Whybrow lives in Waitsfield, Vermont. Her other collections include Our Land, Ourselves: Readings on People and Place.

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