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The History of Geophysics in Southern Africa

By Johan de Beer
  • ISBN Code: : 1920689818
  • Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
  • Pages : 648
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
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Geophysics is a comparatively young science which only evolved as a distinct discipline during the 19th century. However, its phenomena (like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and lightning) had been objects of fear, curiosity and speculation since ancient times. In this book, Johan de Beer and his research team reveal that geophysical activity in South Africa can be traced back to as early as 1488. This is a truly astonishing revelation which deserves to be firmly entrenched as part of the country's proud history. The book also discusses the history and formation of South African geophysical institutions that made a huge and seldom acknowledged contribution to the technological development of southern Africa.

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Cross of Gold

By Georg Rich
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  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Book Code : 0773584110
  • Total of Pages : 306
  • Category : History
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An intriguing view of the Canadian economy before WWI, this study fills a gap in the existing literature on the economic history of Canada. Using improved monetary statistics, the author explains how the business cycle worked under the gold standard, and takes an in-depth look at the roles the banks, the government and the public played in relation to Canada's balance of payments and the gold stock.

Ethnology

By Regna Darnell,Judith Irvine
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
  • Book Code : 3110883104
  • Total of Pages : 963
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The works of Edward Sapir (1884 - 1939) continue to provide inspiration to all interested in the study of human language. Since most of his published works are relatively inaccessible, and valuable unpublished material has been found, the preparation of a complete edition of all his published and unpublished works was long overdue. The wide range of Sapir's scholarship as well as the amount of work necessary to put the unpublished manuscripts into publishable form pose unique challenges for the editors. Many scholars from a variety of fields as well as American Indian language specialists are providing significant assistance in the making of this multi-volume series.

Proceedings of The Academy of Natural Sciences (Part III -- Oct., Nov., Dec., 1874)

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  • Publisher : Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Book Code : 9781437953824
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Yellowstone, Land of Wonders

By Jules Leclercq
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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Book Code : 0803245580
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 227
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In the summer of 1883 Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq spent ten days on horseback in Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, exploring myriad natural wonders: astonishing geysers, majestic waterfalls, the vast lake, and the breathtaking canyon. He also recorded the considerable human activity, including the rampant vandalism. Leclercq’s account of his travels is itself a small marvel blending natural history, firsthand impressions, scientific lore, and anecdote. Along with his observations on the park’s long-rumored fountains of boiling water and mountains of glass, Leclercq describes camping near geysers, washing clothes in a bubbling hot spring, and meeting such diverse characters as local guides and tourists from the United States and Europe. Notables including former president Ulysses S. Grant and then-president Chester A. Arthur were also in the park that summer to inaugurate the newly completed leg of the Northern Pacific Railroad. A sensation in Europe, the book was never published in English. This deft translation at long last makes available to English-speaking readers a masterpiece of western American travel writing that is a fascinating historical document in its own right.

Receptaculitids

By Matthew H. Nitecki,Harry Mutvei,Doris V. Nitecki
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 1461546915
  • Total of Pages : 241
  • Category : Science
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Receptaculitids are extinct high-level fossils that provide a window into the history of life. After the discovery and analysis of a deposit of phosphatized receptaculitids on the Baltic Sea island of Öland, the authors conclude that receptaculitids possess an attribute not found in any other group of organisms, living or fossil.

Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine

By George Thomas Little
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  • Publisher : Dalcassian Publishing Company
  • Book Code : N.a
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Asphalt

By Kenneth O'Reilly
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  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Book Code : 1496226380
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Business & Economics
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La Brea Tar Pits once trapped prehistoric mammals. Today that killer has a chemical cousin in the Athabasca oil sands of Alberta, Canada—immense deposits of natural asphalt destined for upgrading to synthetic crude oil. If the harvesting of this natural asphalt continues unabated, we might find ourselves stuck in a muck of a different kind. Humanity has used asphalt for thousands of years. This humble hydrocarbon may have glued the first arrowhead to the first shaft, but the changes wrought by this material are most dramatic since its emergence as pavement. Since the 1920s the automobile and blacktop have allowed unprecedented numbers of Americans to experience the beauty of their continent from the Adirondacks to the Rockies and beyond, to Big Sur and the Pacific Coast Highway. Blacktop roads, runways, and parking lots constitute the central arteries of our environment, creating a distinct “political territory” and a “political economy of velocity.” In Asphalt: A History Kenneth O’Reilly provides a history of this everyday substance. By tracing the history of asphalt—in both its natural and processed forms—from ancient times to the present, O’Reilly sets out to identify its importance within various contexts of human society and culture. Although O’Reilly argues that asphalt creates our environment, he believes it also eventually threatens it. Looking at its role in economics, politics, and global warming, O’Reilly explores asphalt’s contribution to the history, and future, of America and the world.

Groundwater hydrology of the upper Klamath basin, Oregon and California

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  • Book Code : 9781422325728
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Proceedings of The Academy of Natural Sciences (Part III -- Oct.-Dec., 1889)

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  • Book Code : 9781437954357
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