How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010 | Unabridged
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Siroccos, Santa Anas, chinooks, monsoons ... the wind has as many names as moods. Few other forces have so universally shaped the lands and waters of the earth and the patterns of exploration, settlement, and civilization. Few other phenomena have exerted such a profound influence on the history and psyche of humankind. In Wind, Jan DeBlieu brings a poet's voice and a scientist's eye to this remarkable natural force, showing how the bumping of a few molecules can lead to the creation of religions, the discovery of continents, and the destruction of empires. She talks to survivors of a deadly tornado in Iowa, tries hang gliding over North Carolina's Outer Banks, climbs sand dunes in Oregon and slickrock formations in Utah-everywhere exploring the effects, subtle and brutal, comforting and terrifying, of the wind.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 48 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Woods, Mary
hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781441796462


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Dec 06, 2012

I listened to this book on CD as read by the author. She has a good-natured voice that is absolutely easy to listen to.
It's apparent that she did a lot of research on the subject which is fascinating.
She starts her work describing puffs of wind that stir grains of sand, through brisk breezes, storms and through to global wind currents that influence ocean currents & global weather.
One fascinating book!


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