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The Field Guide to Natural Phenomena: The Secret World of Optical, Atmospheric and Celestial Wonders

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A vivid portrait of nature's most fascinating and unexpected events.

This is an illustrated guide to nature's most theatrical and mysterious events, from eclipses and the aurora borealis to rainbows and light pillars. Dr. Keith Heidorn combines engaging text with color photographs and line drawings to describe each phenomenon in simple, non-technical terms.

The field guide examines the origins and behaviors of natural phenomena and draws on science, history, folklore, travel and other disciplines. Some are familiar events, yet others are once-in-a-lifetime spectacles. They include: Optical phenomena, such as green flashes, crepuscular rays, coronas, miragesAtmospheric phenomena, such as dust devils, haboobs, lenticular clouds, pea soupersElectrical phenomena, such as ball lightning, St. Elmo's fire, will-o'-the-wispsAquatic phenomena, such as ice circles, diamond dust, tidal bores, waterspoutsGeological phenomena, such as stone arches, mud pots, petrified forests, salt lakesCelestial phenomena, such as meteors, comets, eclipses, the Milky Way

Sixteen identification guides detail the phenomena and how each occurs.

The Field Guide to Natural Phenomena provides specific information for general readers and weather watchers about where and when nature puts on these creative performances.

Book News Annotation:

This book surveys seven realms of natural wonder--celestial, optical, atmospheric, electrical, geological and aquatic--looking at both relatively common and atypical occurrences, from snowflakes to St. Elmo's Fire. Each chapter focuses on a handful of 4 to 7 phenomena, offering scientific explanations on their sources in natural materials and circumstances, typical variations (e.g. types of lightning), and in some cases their cultural import. Each chapter is full of brilliantly colored photographs and diagrams. Heidorn is a meteorologist, in both the American and Canadian Meteorological Society, and Whitelaw is an author. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A vivid portrait of nature's most fascinating and unexpected events.

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ISBN:
9781554077076
Author:
Heidorn, Keith And Ian Whitelaw.
Publisher:
Firefly Books
Author:
Heidorn, Keith C.
Author:
Whitelaw, Ian
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.10x5.50x.70 in. .92 lbs.

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