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The Resource Rain : a natural and cultural history, Cynthia Barnett

Rain : a natural and cultural history, Cynthia Barnett

Label
Rain : a natural and cultural history
Title
Rain
Title remainder
a natural and cultural history
Statement of responsibility
Cynthia Barnett
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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."--Publisher description
Writing style
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10414167
Cataloging source
DLC
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1966-
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Barnett, Cynthia
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Rain and rainfall
  • Weather
  • Rainfall anomalies
  • Droughts
  • Physical geography
  • Climatic changes
  • Earth sciences
Target audience
adult
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a natural and cultural history
Label
Rain : a natural and cultural history, Cynthia Barnett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-334) and index
Contents
  • American rain.
  • Founding forecaster
  • Rain follows the plow
  • The rainmakers
  • Capturing the rain.
  • Writers on the storm
  • The scent of rain
  • City
  • Mercurial rain.
  • Strange rain
  • Origins
  • And the forecast calls for change
  • Waiting for rain
  • Elemental rain.
  • Cloudy with a chance of civilization
  • Drought, deluge, and devilry
  • Praying for rain
  • Chance of rain.
  • The weather watchers
  • The articles of rain
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
355 p.
Isbn
9780804137096
Lccn
2014034180
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn890377468
  • 259905
Label
Rain : a natural and cultural history, Cynthia Barnett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-334) and index
Contents
  • American rain.
  • Founding forecaster
  • Rain follows the plow
  • The rainmakers
  • Capturing the rain.
  • Writers on the storm
  • The scent of rain
  • City
  • Mercurial rain.
  • Strange rain
  • Origins
  • And the forecast calls for change
  • Waiting for rain
  • Elemental rain.
  • Cloudy with a chance of civilization
  • Drought, deluge, and devilry
  • Praying for rain
  • Chance of rain.
  • The weather watchers
  • The articles of rain
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
355 p.
Isbn
9780804137096
Lccn
2014034180
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn890377468
  • 259905

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