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Rain free pdf An NPR"Science Friday"Best Book of 2015Longlisted for the National Book AwardLonglisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing AwardA "Boston Globe "Best Book of 2015A "Miami Herald "FavoriteBook of 2015A "Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2015 "Rain is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive." It is the subject of countless poems and paintings- the top of the weather report- the source ofthe world's water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain. Cynthia Barnett's"Rain"begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River.""It offers a glimpse of our "founding forecaster," Thomas Jefferson, who measured every drizzle long before modern meteorology. Two centuries later, rainy skies would help inspire Morrissey s mopes and Kurt Cobain s grunge."Rain"is also a travelogue, taking readers to Scotland to tell the surprising story of the mackintosh raincoat, and to India, where villagers extract the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth and turn it into perfume. Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it- burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it- mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains- even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world. Too much and not nearly enough, rain is a conversation we share, and this is a book for everyone who has ever experienced it."

About Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnettis an award-winning environmental journalist who has reported on water from the Suwannee River to Singapore. She is the author of two previous books, "Mirage"and"Blue Revolution, "a"Boston Globe"top 10 science book of 2011.She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband and children. Visit her website at cynthiabarnett.net."

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Author : Cynthia Barnett
Publisher : Crown Business
Data Published : 30 April 2015
ISBN : 0804137099
EAN : 9780804137096
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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