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Air: The Restless Shaper of the World Kindle Edition

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Air is... a spore-world of essays, essaylets, mini-biographies, gossip, whispers, lists, prose-poems and asides. ...Cheery, chatty and compulsively curious, Mr. Logan is able to draw the reader into pretty much any subject... In this lovely book, Mr. Logan makes the air airy again. (Robert Macfarlane - Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

William Bryant Logan is a Quill & Trowel Award-winning writer, a member of the faculty at the New York Botanical Garden, a sought-after lecturer and teacher, and a practicing arborist. He is the author of Oak and Dirt, the latter of which was made into an award-winning documentary. He lives in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2199 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 039306798X
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (August 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HXFDKK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lyndonbrecht on February 19, 2015
Format: Paperback
This is an infuriating book. It could be so good, and Logan has written other books that I thought good. This book. however, is a hodgepodge and for me it didn't all fit together.

It does have interesting information, lots of it. The book explores wind, storms, breathing, pollution, spores, pollination and more. At several points in the book Logan goes off on tangents about his own experience with a sort of biographical detail more or less relating to the book's topic, but not very germane. His life seems to have been a fascinating one, but let's put that in an autobiography and edit this one.

Three stars for the actual writing but four for a large amount of interesting information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael D Johnson on February 15, 2013
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Some of the chapters are a little slow and it was a streach relating them to air but over all I liked it. I loved his book, "dirt" and I will read oak in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Moog on April 22, 2013
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As a pilot, hang glider pilot, sailor, mushroom hunter and outdoors man, AIR had a lot in it for me. Explanations are clear and straight forward. (Even I could understand almost everything.) And you don't have to read it in the order it is written. Skip around and you'll still enjoy it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
All flesh is made from the carbon dioxide in the air. Photosynthesis and respiration would balance were it not for death. Some cellular carbon is buried in the soil or sinks to the bottom of the sea. Thus, release of oxygen in photosynthesis exceeds the release of carbon by respiration. Oxygen in the upper atmosphere shields us from UV radiation which blasts double-oxygen molecules apart that may then recombine or form ozone. This raises the temperature in the upper stratosphere to 28 degrees F, up from -71 F below that layer. Weather thus cannot rise through this warmer top layer, creating the anvil-shaped tops on the largest thunderheads where they hit the stratosphere.

Over 78% of air is nitrogen - essential for life/proteins. Without decay and decomposition, the atmosphere would have been devoid of nitrogen long ago.

Air is set in motion by the sun heating areas near the equator more than at the poles. Rising air near the equator flows north and cools, lowering the pressure beneath it. Colder air from the poles is denser, flows south, and warms as it goes. Because the Earth spins while this occurs the air is deflected west of east, depending on whether it is in the northern or southern hemisphere, and the results quickly become unpredictable and ever-shifting.

Growing air pollution first masked the effects of climate change - temperatures declined slightly from 1945 til the 1970s.

Dust carried by the trade winds from Africa supplies much of the iron and calcium and over half the phosphorus the ocean's plankton require. The dust reaches Brazil, the Caribbeans, the SE U.S., etc. About one billion tons/year, mostly from the Sahara and nearby deserts.
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Liked this book that was the monthly selection of the [...] and found Logan's writing very effective, the book was incredibly well researched.

It's chock full of anecdotes, scientific data, and opinion. This is a complex subject, and with his in-depth treatment, you will find yourself much better educated about the subject matter. We live on an incredible planet, and it all rests on a foundation of air!
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