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Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival (P.S.)

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At the center of Deep Blue Home—a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on it—is Whittys description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. Its a watery force connected to the earths climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race. 

Whittys thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls” (what happens upon the death of a behemoth). 

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the books most haunting encounters, she realizes: “I am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongside—would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?” 

This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

Synopsis:

A travelogue of the world's oceans as a continuous system, from the Burroughs Award-winning author of The Fragile Edge, that combines science, characters, wonders, and history.

Synopsis:

At the center ofDeep Blue Homeis Julia Whittys penetrating exploration of the World Ocean as a single body of water connected by a vast and powerful threedimensional current encircling the globe. This undivided body of water profoundly controls and is controlled by Earths climate; its fate determines our own.

Whittys careerfirst in science, later as a documentary filmmaker, and always as a writer and diverhas given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls,” or what happens in the afterlife of a behemoth.

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortés to Newfoundland to the Galápagos. Her book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

Synopsis:

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

About the Author

The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One: Isla Rasa

1. The Very Air Miraculous 3

2. The River That Was Nowhere and Everywhere 14

3. Another Heaven 20

4. Hunger Island 26

5. The Ornament of the Body 31

6. One Hundred Days of Solitude 36

7. Whorls 43

8. The Unreefed World 51

9. The Epitome of Unrestrained Freedom 58

10. Mirage 64

11. Emotional Ecology 69

12. The Anti-Bodies of Quiet 73

13. Everything Is Already Brilliant 78

Part Two: The Underwater Rivers of the World

14. The Distant Geography of Water 87

15. The Ecumenical Sea 96

16. Deepwater Formation 103

17. The Tempest from the Eagle’s Wings 107

18. One Meritorious Act 114

19. Jump Cut 121

20. Lament for the Thirty Million 131

21. All Time Is Now 138

22. Trophic Cascade 146

23. Bone Rafters 151

24. Soundsabers 159

25. Salting Down the Lean Missionary 167

26. The Existence of a World Previous to Ours 176

27. Reading God 184

28. Nemesis 195

29. The Inexplicable Waves 205

30. At the End of Hunger 209

Part Three: The Airborne Ocean

31. Serpent Cave 221

32. Black Mirror 227

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061129070
Subtitle:
The Ingenuity of Animal Survival
Author:
Heinrich, Bernd
Author:
Whitty, Julia
Author:
by Bernd Heinrich
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Seasons
Subject:
Animals -- Wintering.
Subject:
Animals - Habitations. - Animal behavior
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Oceans & Seas
Subject:
Animal behavior
Subject:
Animals -- Habitations.
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20090407
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

A travelogue of the world's oceans as a continuous system, from the Burroughs Award-winning author of The Fragile Edge, that combines science, characters, wonders, and history.

"Synopsis" by , At the center ofDeep Blue Homeis Julia Whittys penetrating exploration of the World Ocean as a single body of water connected by a vast and powerful threedimensional current encircling the globe. This undivided body of water profoundly controls and is controlled by Earths climate; its fate determines our own.

Whittys careerfirst in science, later as a documentary filmmaker, and always as a writer and diverhas given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of “extremophile” life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of “whale falls,” or what happens in the afterlife of a behemoth.

No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortés to Newfoundland to the Galápagos. Her book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.

"Synopsis" by , From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

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