Includes bibliographical references (p. -261) and index. The ocean above us - Elixir of life - Food and warmth - Blowing in the wind - The hole story - Mirror in the sky - The final frontier.
Includes bibliographical references (p. A study of Earth's atmosphere traces a journey of scientific discovery, from the Renaissance scientist who realized that we live at the bottom of a dense ocean of air, to a well-meaning inventor who nearly destroys the ozone layer.
She looks at how winds blow, and why they do so along with why and how air protects us from space and the .
She looks at how winds blow, and why they do so along with why and how air protects us from space and the radioactive particles that are bombarding us on a continual basis. Again, weaving the stories of the men and what they found gives and interesting voyage through time as we learn more about the atmosphere. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to those who have any interest in the atmosphere. Walker wrote a short biographical sketch on every featured scientist, and then explained their experiments as they deduced or stumbled into new discoveries about the atmosphere that surrounds us.
An Ocean of Air. Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere. Kittinger had now fallen safely into the lowest part of the atmosphere-the troposphere. The air here isn't so much a protector as a transformer, a thick, life-giving blanket of air, wind, and weather that turns our planet into home. After the bone dryness of space, flecks of moisture from the clouds fogged Kittinger's face plate. He could feel the tug of the thickening air.
In this exuberant book, gifted science writer Gabrielle Walker peels back the layers of our atmosphere with the stories of the . A one-eyed barnstorming pilot finds a set of winds that constantly blow five miles above our heads.
In this exuberant book, gifted science writer Gabrielle Walker peels back the layers of our atmosphere with the stories of the people who uncovered its secrets:, A flamboyant Renaissance Italian discovers how heavy our air really is: The air filling Carnegie Hall, for example, weighs seventy thousand pounds. An impoverished American farmer figures out why hurricanes move in a circle by carving equations with his pitchfork on a barn door.
An Ocean of Air book. Earth’s intrinsic magnetic field extends over ten thousand miles into space and forces the solar wind and other blasts of electromagnetic radiation to part around it. Anything that does manage to get past the magnetic field still has the exosphere, ionosphere, and ozone layer to contend with.
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Gabrielle Walker exposes the Earth’s atmosphere for what it is, a restless, dynamic superhero, entrusted with the sacred . An ocean of AIR.
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NPR coverage of An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere by. .Chapter 1 The Ocean Above Us Nearly four hundred years ago, in a patchwork of individual fiefdoms that we now call Italy, a revolution of ideas was struggling to take place.
NPR coverage of An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere by Gabrielle Walker. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. The traditional way to understand the workings of the world-through a combination of divine revelation and abstract reasoning-had begun to come under attack from a new breed. These people called themselves natural philosophers, because the word scientist had not yet been invented.
An Ocean of Air by Gabrielle Walker is an excellent 235 page. With all the talk about the effects of global warming on our atmosphere, we finally have a book that explains what the atmosphere actually is and what each layer (and there are lots of them!) does to protect us. As entertaining- and fascinating- as it is informative, this "natural history of air" is a must read for anyone who wants to join or simply understand the debate.