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Snow : the biography

Author: Giles Whittell
Publisher: London : Short Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How many snowflakes does it take to build a snowman? Why does it feel so good to watch snow fall? Why is snow so quiet? Will it survive global warming and what was the greatest snowstorm in history? Snow has a lot in common with religion. It comes from heaven. It changes everything. It creates an alternative reality and brings on irrational behaviour in humans. But unlike most religions, snow has never had a bible,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giles Whittell
ISBN: 1780723601 9781780723600
OCLC Number: 1022207988
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Chapter one. Perfect snow --
Chapter two. If polar bears could talk --
Chapter three. Snomo sapiens --
Chapter four. What Bruegel saw --
Chapter five. The wrong kind of snow --
Chapter six. Record breaking --
Chapter seven. Winter of terror --
Chapter eight. At play in the snowfields of the gods --
Chapter nine. Last rites --
Chapter ten. Boutique mountain engineering --
Chapter eleven. Snowpocalypse --
Chapter twelve. Snowbusiness --
Chapter thirteen. Snowmads --
Chapter fourteen. The future of snow --
Snow Q & A --
Acknowledgements --
A note on units --
A note on sources --
Photo credits --
Index --
Plates.
Responsibility: Giles Whittell.

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