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Snow : a scientific and cultural exploration / Giles Whittell.

Whittell, Giles, (author.).


Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Blending accessible writing with fascinating science, Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more. Whittell also uncovers compelling mysteries of this miraculous substance, such as why avalanches happen, how snow saved a British prime minister's life, where the legend of the yeti comes from, and the terrifying truth behind the opening ceremony of the 1960 winter Olympics.

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  • ISBN: 9781982105471
  • ISBN: 198210547X
  • Physical Description: ix, 246 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published with title: Snow : the biography. London : Short Books, 2018.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-236) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A note on units -- Introduction -- Perfect snow -- If polar bears could talk -- Snomo sapiens -- What Brueghel saw -- The wrong kind of snow -- Record-breaking -- Winter of terror -- At play in the snowfields of the gods -- Last rites -- Boutique mountain engineering -- Snowpocalypse -- Snowbusiness -- Snowmads -- The future of snow -- Snow Q&A.
Subject: Snow.
Snow > Social aspects.
NATURE / Weather.
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social.
Snow > Social aspects.

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