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18 miles : the epic drama of our atmosphere and its weather

Author: Christopher Dewdney
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW, [2018] ©2018
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From the bestselling author of Acquainted with the Night comes a brilliant and witty look at our favourite topic'weather We live at the bottom of an ocean of air'5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth's atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer'99 percent contained within 18 miles. Yet, within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm'at once gorgeous,  Read more...
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Dewdney, Christopher, 1951-
18 miles.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW, [2018]
(OCoLC)1056246785
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Dewdney
ISBN: 9781773052243 1773052241 9781773052236 1773052233
OCLC Number: 1057894948
Description: 1 online resource (263 pages) : illustration
Contents: INTRODUCTION --
1. Stormy with a Chance of Life: The Improbable Birth of Our Atmosphere --
2. The Wild Blue Yonder: The Layers of the Atmosphere --
3. Cloud Nine: Inside the Misty Giants above Our Heads --
4. The Poem of Earth: Rain --
5. The Secret Life of Storms --
6. Katrina: The Life Story of a Hurricane --
7. Palace of the Winds --
8. Which Way the Wind Blows: The Story of Weather Forecasting --
9. Apollo's Chariot: The Seasons --
10. A Cold Place: Winter and the Ice Ages --
11. Climate Change Past and Present --
12. Weather That Changed History --
Postscript : fire, water, earth, air --
Appendix : measurement conversions.
Other Titles: Eighteen miles
Responsibility: Christopher Dewdney.
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From the bestselling author of Acquainted with the Night comes a brilliant and witty look at our favourite topic'weather We live at the bottom of an ocean of air'5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth's atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer'99 percent contained within 18 miles. Yet, within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm'at once gorgeous, terrifying, capricious, and elusive. With his keen eye for identifying and uniting seemingly unrelated events, Chris Dewdney reveals to us the invisible rivers in the sky that affect how our weather works and the structure of clouds and storms and seasons, the rollercoaster of climate. Dewdney details the history of weather forecasting and introduces us to the eccentric and determined pioneers of science and observation whose efforts gave us the understanding of weather we have today. 18 Miles is a kaleidoscopic and fact-filled journey that uncovers our obsession with the atmosphere and weather'as both evocative metaphor and physical reality. From the roaring winds of Katrina to Palladio's architectural triumph, La Rotonda, Dewdney entertains as he gives readers a long overdue look at the very air we breathe.

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