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"I'd rather look at Grandma's drawers than see a backing wind," say folks on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Someone who is following an unlikely dream is said to be "chasing the wind." And if we suspect a big change is coming, we say, "something is in the wind." We name the winds: sirocco, Santa Ana, williwaw, chinook, monsoon. DeBlieu traces the ways wind shapes our reality, the earth's land and water, plants and animals, exploring everything in dramatic, immediate, and lucid prose.
"It begins with a subtle stirring caused by sunlight falling on the vapors that swaddle the earth. It is fueled by extremes--the stifling warmth of the tropics, the bitter chill of the poles. Temperature changes set the system in motion: hot air drifts upward and, as it cools, slowly descends.... Gradually the vapors begin to swirl as if trapped in a simmering cauldron. Air molecules are caught by suction and sent flying.... As the world spins, it brushes them to one side but does not slow them. Tumbling together, the particles of air become a huge, unstoppable current."
And so the winds are born. Read Wind and you'll never again take an exhilarating kite-flying day for granted. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Good read, although somewhat sentimental and less factual than I was looking for . .. a perfect summer beach read.Published 11 months ago by cilice
From aeolian ecosystems (those formed by or dependent on wind) to zephyrs, Jan DeBlieu covers the globe. Read morePublished on November 27, 2007 by Cecil Bothwell
This is a wonderfully written book bringing together history, anthropology, religion and science.Published on February 27, 1999
I start any books about the sciences with apprehension. My non-work reading generally begins and ends with fiction. Read morePublished on November 12, 1998
Did I miss something? I read every word, and found it all a big yawn. The writing is grammatically correct, but without any rhythm, not a single crescendo, completely devoid of... Read morePublished on October 9, 1998