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Rain : a natural and cultural history

Author: Cynthia Barnett
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Cynthia Barnett's "Rain" begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science--the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains--with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River ... As climate change  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Barnett
ISBN: 9780804137096 0804137099 9780804137119 0804137110
OCLC Number: 890377468
Description: 355 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Origins --
Elemental rain. Cloudy with a chance of civilization ; Drought, deluge, and devilry ; Praying for rain --
Chance of rain. The weather watchers ; The articles of rain --
American rain. Founding forecaster ; Rain follows the plow ; The rainmakers --
Capturing the rain. Writers on the storm ; The scent of rain ; City rains --
Mercurial rain. Strange rain ; And the forecast calls for change --
Waiting for rain.
Responsibility: Cynthia Barnett.

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"Cynthia Barnett's "Rain" begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science--the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains--with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River ... As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world."--Jacket.

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