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18 Miles : The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather - Christopher Dewdney

18 Miles

The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and Its Weather

Paperback Published: 23rd October 2018
ISBN: 9781770413467
Number Of Pages: 272

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From the bestselling author of Acquainted with the Night comes a brilliant and witty look at weather.

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 eighteen 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 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.

18 Miles is a kaleidoscopic and fact-filled journey that uncovers our obsession with the atmosphere and weather - as both evocative metaphor and physical reality. From the roaring winds of Hurricane Katrina to Palladio's architectural triumph, La Rotonda, Dewdney entertains as he gives readers a long overdue look at the very air we breathe.

About the Author

Christopher Dewdney is the award-winning, bestselling author of four books of nonfiction and eleven books of poetry. A four-time nominee for the Governor General's Award, he won the CBC Literary Competition for poetry and has been awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize. Christopher lives in Toronto, where he teaches writing at York University.

Industry Reviews

"With wit and a humbling sense of wonder, this is a book that can be shared and appreciated by a wide audience who now religiously check their phones for daily forecasts." -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review

ISBN: 9781770413467
ISBN-10: 1770413464
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd October 2018
Publisher: ECW PR
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32

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