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Miracle Planet

Bruce Brown · Gallery Books
Pages: 257
Format: Hardcover

Based on a PBS television series of the same name, this book is a compendium of facts and theories about all facets of earth science. The authors have assembled a tremendous amount of information on geology, paleontology, meteorology, geography, and more for the general reader. They lead...
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The Map That Changed the World

Simon Winchester · Perennial
Pages: 329
Format: Book

In 1793, a canal digger named William Smith made a startling discovery. He found that by tracing the placement of fossils, which he uncovered in his excavations, one could follow layers of rocks as they dipped and rose and fell -- clear across England and, indeed, clear across the world...
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Parks and Plates: The Geology of Our National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores

Robert J Lillie

Many of our national parks, monuments, and seashores were established because of their inspiring geological features -- from the geysers of Yellowstone to the granite peaks of Yosemite. In Parks and Plates, Robert J. Lillie explains the fascinating geological processes that
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Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded

Simon Winchester · HarperCollinsPublishers
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

The bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Map That Changed the World examines the enduring and world-changing effects of the catastrophic eruption off the coast of Java of the earth's most dangerous volcano -- Krakatoa. The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island...
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The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History

William K. Klingaman · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 338
Format: Book

Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history

In the tradition of KrakatoaThe World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes...

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Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

Cynthia Barnett · Crown Publishers
Pages: 355
Format: Print book

Rain is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive.

It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of the world's water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain.

Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins four...
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Annals of the Former World

John A McPhee · Farrar
Pages: 696
Format: Paperback

The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion yearsTwenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States, he planned to describe a cross section of North America at about the fortieth parallel...
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Basin and Range

John A McPhee · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 215
Format: Paperback

The first of John McPhee's works in his series on geology and geologists, Basin and Range is a book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world -- a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring...

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The Rammed Earth House

David Easton
Format: Book

The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials --earth--forward-thinking homebuilders can now create structures...

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Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Masonry & Stonework

Black & Decker Corporation · Creative International
Pages: 319
Format: Paperback

No projects offer more aesthetic or financial satisfaction than DIY masonry and stonework projects. Homeowners can routinely save thousands of dollars in labor costs by buying and installing materials that are now readily available for routine purchase. This book includes traditional techniques...
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Peter Cartwright
Format: Book

* The ultimate guide to bricklaying for beginner through professional
* Step-by-step instructions throughout
* Techniques and trade skills: damp-proof courses, cavity brickwork, block-laying, arches, windows, fireplaces and more
* Complete projects for brick...

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The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage: The Real Goods Solar Living Book

Ianto Evans
Format: Book

Are you ready for the Cob Cottage? This is a building method so old and so simple that it has been all but forgotten in the rush to synthetics. A cob cottage,cobb, however, might be the ultimate expression of ecological design, a structure so attuned to its surroundings that its creators...

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Sunset Landscaping with Stone: Natural-Looking Paths, Steps, Walls, Water Features, and Rock Gardens

Jeanne Huber
Format: Book

Another always-popular volume in Sunsets line of outdoor building books, Landscaping with Stone is a fundamental resource for realizing the potential of virtually any garden. Thats because stone is resilient, organic, and colorfulits versatility is legendary. This essential book includes:


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Simple Stonescaping: Gardens, Walls, Paths & Waterfalls

Phillip Raines
Format: Book

It's the best beginner's book on stonescaping ever - a simple guide to projects novices can handle. There's guidance on developing a layout, drawing a plan, choosing tools, mixing mortar, jointing, excavating, providing drainage, and aesthetics. Pictures present magnificent...

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Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

Joseph Tychonievich · Timber Press
Pages: 295
Format: Book

Rediscover a classic garden technique!

Rock gardening - the art of growing alpines and other miniature plants in the company of rocks in order to recreate the look of a rugged mountaintop - has been surging in popularity. Time and space constraints, chronic...

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The Spirit of Stone: 101 Practical & Creative Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden

Jan Johnsen · St. Lynn's Press
Pages: 192
Format: Book

Stone in a garden adds an authentic feeling that nothing else can match. Whether it is a low wall, a standing stone, a dry stream or a walk, stone enlivens a space and adds a sense of permanence. Until recently, stone was an overlooked element in the landscape, but now we are rediscovering...

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