By Bill Streever
A exciting exploration of the technology and background of wind from the bestselling writer of Cold.
Scientist and bestselling nature author invoice Streever is going to any severe to discover wind--the winds that outfitted empires, the storms that break them--by touring all over it. Narrating from a fifty-year-old sailboat, Streever leads readers throughout the world's first forecasts, Chaos thought, and a destiny laid low with weather switch. alongside the best way, he stocks tales of wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes, wind-generated energy, wind-tossed airplanes, and the uncomfortable interactions among wind and wars, drawing from common technological know-how, heritage, enterprise, commute, in addition to from his personal travels.
AND quickly I HEARD A ROARING WIND is an easy own narrative that includes the willing observations, clinical rigor, and whimsy that readers love. you are going to by no means see a breeze within the similar mild back.
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The word “hurricane” came to us from the Spanish, and it came to the Spanish from the Arawak, specifically from the Taino people. The Taino, seafaring Caribbean natives in the time of Columbus, lived scattered across the hurricane heartland, in Cuba, the Bahamas, the Lesser Antilles, and a hundred other low-lying islands. Columbus himself, before he concluded his business in the New World, knew both the word hurakán and the experience of hurricanes. The regional name and the living experience were also known to Captain John Smith, of Jamestown and Pocahontas fame.
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