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The perfect incentive for keeping your head in the clouds, The Cloud Collector's Handbook is a whimsical guide to the wonders of the sky. Throughout, author and cloud expert Gavin Pretor-Pinney catalogs a variety of clouds and gives readers points for spotting them and recording their finds. This fun and useful book features gorgeous full-color photographs that showcase a new type of cloud on every spread, from fluffy cumulus to the super rare horseshoe vortex to the wispy noctilucent clouds that hang at the fringes of space. Sure to be a hit with both aspiring and seasoned cloud gazers, this clever handbook will have everyone looking up.

About the Author

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, a global organization that fights "blue-sky thinking." He is also the co-founder and creative director of The Idler magazine and author of the best-selling The Cloudspotter's Guide. He lives in Somerset, England.

Table of Contents

Ten main cloud types. Cumulus ; Stratocumulus ; Stratus ; Altocumulus ; Altostratus ; Cirrus ; Cirrocumulus ; Cirrostratus ; Nimbostratus ; Cumulonimbus — Notable species & varieties. Lenticularis ; Fibratus ; Castellanus ; Undulatus ; Lacunosus ; Radiatus ; Duplicatus — Accessory clouds & supplementary features. Pileus ; Velum ; Pannus ; Mamma ; Virga ; Arcus ; Tuba ; Incus — Other clouds. Cap & banner ; Kelvin-Helmholtz ; Contrails ; Pyrocumulus ; Roll cloud ; Fallstreak hole ; Horseshoe vortex ; Fog & mist ; Diamond dust ; Nacreous ; Noctilucent — Cloud optical effects. Iridescence ; Corona ; Crepuscular rays ; Glory ; Rainbow ; Cloudbow & fogbow ; 22 ̊ halo ; Sundog ; Circumzenithal arc ; Sun pillars — Technical terms — Cloud classification.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811875424
Author:
Pretor-Pinney, Gavin
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Subject:
Meteorology-General
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Subject:
Science Reference-Meterorology
Subject:
General Nature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Orginally published: London: Sceptre, 2009.
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.25 x 0.75 in 0.75 lb
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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