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18 miles : the epic drama of our atmosphere and its weather

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  • ISBN: 9781770413467
  • ISBN: 1770413464
  • Physical Description: print
    263 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW, [2018]

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General Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-248), and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Stormy with a chance of life: the improbable birth of our atmosphere -- The wild blue yonder: the layers of the atmosphere -- Cloud nine: Inside the misty giants above our heads -- The poem of earth: rain -- The secret life of storms -- Katrina: the life story of a hurricane -- Palace of the winds -- Which way the wind blows: the story of weather forecasting -- Apollo's chariot: the seasons -- A cold place: winter and the ice ages -- Climate change past and present -- Weather that changed history -- Postscript: fire, water, earth, air.
Summary, etc.: We live at the bottom of an ocean of air — 5,200 million million tons, to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but Earth’s atmosphere is smeared onto its surface in an alarmingly thin layer — 99 percent contained within 18 miles. Yet, within this fragile margin lies a magnificent realm — at once gorgeous, terrifying, capricious, and elusive. With his keen eye for identifying and uniting seemingly unrelated events, Chris Dewdney reveals to us the invisible rivers in the sky that affect how our weather works and the structure of clouds and storms and seasons, the rollercoaster of climate. Dewdney details the history of weather forecasting and introduces us to the eccentric and determined pioneers of science and observation whose efforts gave us the understanding of weather we have today.
Subject: Atmosphere
Weather forecasting
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