A Manual of Elementary Geology: The Ancient Changes of the Earth and its Inhabitants as Illustrated by Geological Monuments


Author: Sir Charles Lyell
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465573925
Category: Geology
Page: 512
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In the preliminary chapters of "The Principles of Geology," in the first and subsequent editions, I have considered the question, how far the changes of the earth's crust in past times confirm or invalidate the popular hypothesis of a gradual improvement in the habitable condition of the planet, accompanied by a contemporaneous development and progression in organic life. It had long been a favourite theory, that in the earlier ages to which we can carry back our geological researches, the earth was shaken by more frequent and terrible earthquakes than now, and that there was no certainty nor stability in the order of the natural world. A few sea-weeds and zoophytes, or plants and animals of the simplest organization, were alone capable of existing in a state of things so unfixed and unstable. But in proportion as the conditions of existence improved, and great convulsions and catastrophes became rarer and more partial, flowering plants were added to the cryptogamic class, and by the introduction of more and more perfect species, a varied and complex flora was at last established. In like manner, in the animal kingdom, the zoophyte, the brachiopod, the cephalopod, the fish, the reptile, the bird, and the warm-blooded quadruped made their entrance into the earth, one after the other, until finally, after the close of the tertiary period, came the quadrumanous mammalia, most nearly resembling man in outward form and internal structure, and followed soon afterwards, if not accompanied at first, by the human race itself. The objections which, in 1830, I urged against this doctrine, in so far as relates to the passage of the earth from a chaotic to a more settled condition, have since been embraced by a large and steadily increasing school of geologists; and in reference to the animate world, it will be seen, on comparing the present state of our knowledge with that which we possessed twenty years ago, how fully I was justified in declaring the insufficiency of the data on which such bold generalizations, respecting progressive development, were based. Speaking of the absence, from the tertiary formations, of fossil Quadrumana, I observed, in 1830, that "we had no right to expect to have detected any remains of tribes which live in trees, until we knew more of those quadrupeds which frequent marshes, rivers, and the borders of lakes, such being usually first met with in a fossil state." I also added, "if we are led to infer, from the presence of crocodiles and turtles in the London clay, and from the cocoa-nuts and spices found in the isle of Sheppey, that at the period when our older tertiary strata were formed, the climate was hot enough for the Quadrumana, we nevertheless could not hope to discover any of their skeletons, until we had made considerable progress in ascertaining what were the contemporary Pachydermata; and not one of these has been discovered as yet in any strata of this epoch in England."

Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

A Collection of Approximately 27,000 Quotations Pertaining to Archaeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Cosmology, Darwinism, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature, Nursing, Paleontology, Philosophy, Physics, Probability, Science, Statistics, Technology, Theory, Universe, and Zoology
Author: Carl C. Gaither,Alma E. Cavazos-Gaither
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461411149
Category: Science
Page: 2867
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This unprecedented collection of 27,000 quotations is the most comprehensive and carefully researched of its kind, covering all fields of science and mathematics. With this vast compendium you can readily conceptualize and embrace the written images of scientists, laymen, politicians, novelists, playwrights, and poets about humankind's scientific achievements. Approximately 9000 high-quality entries have been added to this new edition to provide a rich selection of quotations for the student, the educator, and the scientist who would like to introduce a presentation with a relevant quotation that provides perspective and historical background on his subject. Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Second Edition, provides the finest reference source of science quotations for all audiences. The new edition adds greater depth to the number of quotations in the various thematic arrangements and also provides new thematic categories.

Learn about Rainforests


Author: Jen Green
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781859677599
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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Describes the world's rainforests, their canopies and forest floors, their climate, and the variety of plants and animals which they support, and suggests related projects and activities.

U·X·L Encyclopedia of Biomes: Grassland, lake and pond, ocean, rain forest


Author: Marlene Weigel
Publisher: UXL
ISBN: 9780787637347
Category: Biotic communities
Page: 521
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Electronic version of U.X.L encyclopedia of biomes. Detroit: U.X.L, 2000. 3 v.

The Magic School Bus in the Rain Forest


Author: Eva Moore,Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780439239608
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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This adventure takes Ms. Frizzle and her class deep into the rainforest. Their quest to find out why the Friz's cocoa tree has stopped growing cocoa beans, and why rainforest trees have become unhealthy.

The Religions of India: Handbooks on the History of Religions


Author: Edward Washburn Hopkins
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465546766
Category:
Page: N.A
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The Reader


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Rainforest Bird Rescue

Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife
Author: Linda Kenyon
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books
ISBN: 9781554071531
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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Describes the efforts of researchers, wildlife conservationists, and local populations to conserve the rain forests and reduce trading in birds in an attempt to stop the endangerment and extinction of the birds that live there.

Ocean of streams of story


Author: Somadeva Bhaṭṭa
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465544119
Category: Folk literature
Page: N.A
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Tropical Deforestation


Author: Sharon L. Spray,Matthew David Moran
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742534827
Category: Nature
Page: 193
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Tropical Deforestation introduces readers to the important concepts for understanding the environmental challenges and consequences of the deforestation. Contributions from scientists and academics in the social sciences and humanities provide readers with an initial 'tool kit' for understanding the concepts central to their disciplinary perspective and the multi-dimensional aspects of deforestation.

The Publishers' Trade List Annual


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American literature
Page: N.A
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The Athenæum

A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music, and the Drama
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
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Page: N.A
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Our Earth


Author: Anne F. Rockwell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152023836
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 24
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A simple introduction to geography which explains such things as how the earth was shaped, how islands are born from volcanoes, and how gushing springs affect rivers.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: England
Page: N.A
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Saving the Rainforests


Author: Sally Morgan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780749662127
Category: Nature
Page: 32
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Part of the EARTH WATCH series, a child-friendly look at the science behind deforestation of the planets rainforests, with panels containing facts and figures, case studies and activities. Compatible with National Curriculum Key Stage 2-3. Illustrated with photographs and diagrams.

Deforesting the Earth

From Prehistory to Global Crisis
Author: Michael Williams
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226899268
Category: Nature
Page: 689
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Since humans first appeared on the earth, we've been cutting down trees for fuel and shelter. Indeed, the thinning, changing, and wholesale clearing of forests are among the most important ways humans have transformed the global environment. With the onset of industrialization and colonization the process has accelerated, as agriculture, metal smelting, trade, war, territorial expansion, and even cultural aversion to forests have all taken their toll. Michael Williams surveys ten thousand years of history to trace how, why, and when human-induced deforestation has shaped economies, societies, and landscapes around the world. Beginning with the return of the forests to Europe, North America, and the tropics after the Ice Ages, Williams traces the impact of human-set fires for gathering and hunting, land clearing for agriculture, and other activities from the Paleolithic through the classical world and the Middle Ages. He then continues the story from the 1500s to the early 1900s, focusing on forest clearing both within Europe and by European imperialists and industrialists abroad, in such places as the New World and India, China, Japan, and Latin America. Finally, he covers the present-day and alarming escalation of deforestation, with the ever-increasing human population placing a possibly unsupportable burden on the world's forests. Accessible and nonsensationalist, Deforesting the Earth provides the historical and geographical background we need for a deeper understanding of deforestation's tremendous impact on the environment and the people who inhabit it.

The Literary Gazette

A Weekly Journal of Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Climatological Data, California


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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Meteorology
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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Children's libraries
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The Wonder of Trees


Author: Nicola Davies
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444938215
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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Did you know that there are over 60,000 tree species? This stunning book explores the extraordinary diversity of trees and forests - the lungs of our earth. A glorious celebration of trees by non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies, illustrated by rising star Lorna Scobie, creators of the beautiful The Variety of Life. There is something to delight on every page with fascinating facts and figures. This exquisite book will encourage children to treasure the world's biodiversity and help to stop it slipping away. With fascinating facts and figures and sections on: - Wood, Trunks and Branches - Leaves - Roots Bark - Tree Skin - Flowers & Cones - Seeds - Plants on Trees - Insects in Trees - Reptiles & Amphibians in Trees - Birds and Trees Mammals in Trees - Communities of Trees - Taiga - Temperate Woodlands - Dry Gum Forest - Cloud Forest - Tropical Rainforests - Forest Relationships - Gifts from Trees - People of the Forest - Forest Destruction - How to Plant a Tree