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Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees

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A lovely work of writing and a rich scientific exploration of trees, suffused with poetry and humanity. Between Earth and Sky takes us on a journey through the wonders of the forest canopy and the web of spiritual and literal connections we have with trees. Nalini Nadkarni is a unique figure in forest ecologyaas a pioneering tree climber and explorer, and a topnotch scientist, she's a hero in a world where heroes don't come around often.aRichard Preston, author of The Wild Trees and The Hot ZoneaBesides cutting them, climbing them, and planting them, the urge to anthropomorphize trees, make them into metaphors, and worship them, is practically universal. Many people feel an intimate connection to trees. Nadkarni's scientific, personal, and literary book shows why, on so many levels, this should be so. Although the ancient Chinese thought of humans as the connection between earth and sky, my vote would go to trees.aaLiza Dalby, author of East Wind Melts the IceaFrom mosses to giant figs, from nail polish to turpentine, from poetry to rap music, world-acclaimed arbornaut Nadkarni weaves science and story together as she shares her passion for trees, reminding us that forests and humans are inextricably linked.a aMargaret D. Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and It's a Jungle Up ThereaI came in from an afternoon of splitting firewood to find this book waiting for me in the mail. It's as wonderful a compendium as one could imagine of all things that make trees such special companions, rooted and steady and patient and full of glory.aaBill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben ReaderaAn epic and lyrical look at treesaan exploration that ranges from molecules and metabolism to ecology, poetry and danceaso breathtaking and eye-opening that it will be impossible to ever look at a tree or think about the world in the same way again.aaThomas E. Lovejoy, President, The Heinz Center

Synopsis:

World-renowned canopy biologist Nalini Nadkarni has climbed trees on four continents with scientists, students, artists, clergymen, musicians, activists, loggers, legislators, and Inuits, gathering diverse perspectives. In Between Earth and Sky, a rich tapestry of personal stories, information, art, and photography, she becomes our captivating guide to the leafy wilderness above our heads. Through her luminous narrative, we embark on a multifaceted exploration of trees that illuminates the profound connections we have with them, the dazzling array of goods and services they provide, and the powerful lessons they hold for us. Nadkarni describes trees' intricate root systems, their highly evolved and still not completely understood canopies, their role in commerce and medicine, their existence in city centers and in extreme habitats of mountaintops and deserts, and their important place in folklore and the arts. She explains tree fundamentals and considers the symbolic role they have assumed in culture and religion. In a book that reawakens our sense of wonder at the fascinating world of trees, we ultimately find entry to the entire natural world and rediscover our own place in it.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: View from the Top

1. What Is a Tree?

2. Goods and Services

3. Shelter and Protection

4. Health and Healing

5. Play and Imagination

6. Connections to Time

7. Signs and Symbols

8. Spirituality and Religion

9. Mindfulness

Scientific Names of Trees in the Text

Notes

Recommended Readings

Poetry Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520933125
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Nature : Plants - General
Author:
Nadkarni, Nalini
Author:
Nalini Nadkarni
Subject:
Plants - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Forest Ecology
Subject:
Trees -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Trees -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Plants
Subject:
Nature Studies-Botany
Subject:
Nature Studies-Trees
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
336

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Biology » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » General
Science and Mathematics » Botany » Trees and Shrubs
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Botany
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , World-renowned canopy biologist Nalini Nadkarni has climbed trees on four continents with scientists, students, artists, clergymen, musicians, activists, loggers, legislators, and Inuits, gathering diverse perspectives. In Between Earth and Sky, a rich tapestry of personal stories, information, art, and photography, she becomes our captivating guide to the leafy wilderness above our heads. Through her luminous narrative, we embark on a multifaceted exploration of trees that illuminates the profound connections we have with them, the dazzling array of goods and services they provide, and the powerful lessons they hold for us. Nadkarni describes trees' intricate root systems, their highly evolved and still not completely understood canopies, their role in commerce and medicine, their existence in city centers and in extreme habitats of mountaintops and deserts, and their important place in folklore and the arts. She explains tree fundamentals and considers the symbolic role they have assumed in culture and religion. In a book that reawakens our sense of wonder at the fascinating world of trees, we ultimately find entry to the entire natural world and rediscover our own place in it.
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